Last weekend saw the official opening of the first Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) in Mid Deeside thanks to the efforts of local groups.
Councillors, First Responders and other members of the community gathered at the Ambulance Station in Aboyne for the opening of the life-saving equipment on Saturday March 7.
In 2014 BARA successfully applied to the British Heart Foundation for grant assistance with the installation of a defibrillator.
The defibrillator, which has been named ‘Bob’s Box’ after local man Bob Milne, was made possible thanks to a generous donation by his wife Roberta Milne of the Bellwood Area Residents Association (BARA).
Roberta was accompanied at the opening by their son Malcolm Milne.
Members of Mid Deeside Ltd (MDL), Mid Deeside Community Council (MDCC) and BARA also attended the ceremony. The community groups are working with the Tarland and Mid Deeside Community First Responders to install more PADs in the area.
The First Responders and Dr Jack Taylor are providing free training sessions in CPR and the use of defibrillators.
All three Ward Councillors showed their support and Pipe Major Ian Smith of the Ballater Pipe Band played for the occasion. Rev. Frank Ribbons said a few words.