Security staff and Street Pastors train on life-saving kit

STAFF FROM A MORAY firm Saltaire Security were joined by Elgin Street Pastors and the SGL Security Group from Aberdeen in training to use life-saving defibrillators recently.

The session was organised by Saltire Security at Borough Briggs Stadium, home of Elgin City Football Club, and run by advanced first-aid instructor Jamie Dawson.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) have proven to be essential in saving lives of many who suffer cardiac arrest. AEDs give a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall (defibrillation) and is an essential life-saving step in the chain of survival.

Steve Robertson Managing Director of Saltaire Security said: “In any sudden Cardiac emergency, performing immediate CPR when someone suffers a cardiac arrest can in some cases double the chance of survival and having a defibrillator on scene as quickly as possible will increase the potential of survival even more.

“The training learned on this course will give anyone suffering Cardiac Arrest the best chance of recovery. More organisations are realising the benefits of this training and it’s wonderful to have a diverse group of people come together and share their experiences.

“It is also great to see so many defibrillators or AEDs being put in locations across Moray including Elgin City football ground, Portsoy Harbour, Banff High Street and Elgin Semi Chem.

“Whilst my security staff have undergone First Aid training this additional teaching was useful as a refresher, giving them added confidence in using AEDs and also keeps us in line with new legislation and technology.

“I hope we never need to use these skills but I know that if we do we have the ability and confidence to help save lives.”