Public access defibrillators have been installed at four fire stations in Aberdeen for use in an emergency.
The defibrillators – which deliver a high energy electric shock to someone suffering a cardiac arrest to help restore a stable heart rhythm – will provide the local community with instant access to potentially life-saving equipment.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews teamed-up with Scottish Ambulance Service partners to make the four machines available at North Anderson Drive, Central, Altens and Dyce Community Fire Stations.
Andy Buchan, SFRS Station Manager for Aberdeen City, said: "When someone goes into cardiac arrest their heart is not pumping properly and every passing second could mean the difference between life and death.
“We are proud to install these four defibrillator at our Aberdeen City fire stations, which are now readily available to all members of the community, at any time – and could potentially save a life.
"These devices are safe and simple to use – giving clear, spoken instructions and only delivering a shock where one is needed."
Ricky Laird, Community Resilience Team Leader for the North, said: “Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) are vital life-saving devices, so this is great news for the community fire stations, and also the wider community in Aberdeen.
“They are safe and easy to use, and you do not need to be trained to use a public access defibrillator. They work by delivering an electrical shock to a heart that is in cardiac arrest in order to try and restart it.
“They will only shock someone who needs it. Once switched on, the PAD provides the bystander with easy-to-follow voice prompts and advises if a shock is required or not.
"The Scottish Ambulance Service recommends that all custodians register their PADs with the Scottish Ambulance Service at pad.scottishambulance.com to ensure that they are available to save lives in an emergency."
This comes as firefighters throughout Scotland continue to help people to learn CPR through a partnership between SFRS and the British Heart Foundation which. The launch of this partnership in 2015 saw the charity donate CPR training kits to every fire station in Scotland.
The idea is to help build a nation of life-savers by offering communities the opportunity to teach themselves CPR.
Meanwhile, SFRS crews in Aberdeen are also working with partners to deliver CPR training in secondary schools across the city.
Anyone can contact their local fire station and agree a date and time to use the self-teach DVD and manikin at any of the country's 356 fire stations
SM Buchan added: "We would encourage everyone to come forward and learn how to perform CPR.
"Defibrillators are a key mechanism in the chain of survival for someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest, but performing immediate CPR can keep oxygen circulating around the body until the arrival of medical professionals or a defibrillator.
"That’s why it’s so important for as many people as possible to be trained in CPR. By taking just a little time out of your day to learn this skill you could end up saving someone’s life.
"The training is completely free of charge and typically takes around one hour to complete."