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Life-saving defibrillator installed at Burghead harbour office

Press release   •   Mar 09, 2018 12:37 GMT

L-R: Harbour Operations Manager, Duncan Brown; Community Council members Les Taylor and Chris Tuke; Cllr Ryan Edwards; Community Council members Joan Megson, Gilbert Farquhar and Bill Davidson

LIFE-SAVING equipment has been installed at Burghead harbour office.

A defibrillator is now available to visitors and the local community round-the-clock, and it’s hoped that more can be installed in other harbours in Moray.

Moray Council has funded the wiring and facilitated the installation, with the defibrillator being donated by the Lyons family, through the Burghead & Cummingston Community Council, in memory of well-known Burghead man, Billy.

Duncan Brown, Moray Council’s Harbour Operations Manager, said the life-saving equipment would make a real difference to the coastal community.

“Although of course we hope it’s not going to be regularly used, having this defibrillator publicly available 24/7 offers reassurance to the community that, should the worst happen, they can provide help while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.”

Les Taylor, who sits on Burghead & Cummingston Community Council, has been instrumental in the project to install the defibrillator, which is one of a series they’re fundraising for across the area. He said that they've been liaising with 'Defibs for Moray' on the project and that all contributions, no matter how small, were valued.

“Some people have donated money, others have given their time. We’ve had donations in from individuals and local businesses – so we pass on our thanks to everyone.”

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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