A defibrillator has been made available for the people of Burnfoot and the wider community after a generous fundraising effort earlier this year.
The device is located at Adrenalin Fitness Gym in Burnfoot and it is understood to be the only defibrillator publicly available between Bridgend and at the Scarvey in Buncrana.
The defibrillator was funded by donations from those who attend the gym as well as people from around the local community.
Owner of Adrenalin Fitness, Ciaran McGrory, told the ‘Journal’ he wanted to locate the defibrillator in his gym as he was aware of their vital importance in saving lives.
An Automatic External Defibrillator (A.E.D) provides a shock to the heart when it goes into ventricular fibrillation and then allows it to return to normal.
Ciaran said that the simplicity of their use, as well as their design, means that while training is encouraged, it is not essential.
The device itself will guide the person as they use it. However, Ciaran has recently spoken with the Irish Red Cross about running courses on educating people on its use, for those who would prefer to be trained beforehand.
Ciaran told how, with CPR alone, a person who has had a sudden cardiac arrest has a chance of survival of less than 5%. But, with the combined use of CPR and a defibrillator within the first few minutes, that chance of survival increases to more than 75%.
While the device is based at the gym in Burnfoot - located next to the post office - anyone who needs it can contact Ciaran on 0863433456 or go to the adjacent businesses of Studio 1 or Head 2 Toe.
Any local business person who wishes to attend a course is asked to contact Ciaran as soon as possible to confirm numbers.
Ciaran thanked the community for their donations and all their support in ensuring a defibrillator for Burnfoot and the surrounding areas.