Public defibrillator installed in Baltinglass

Locals trained to use it

Conor McHugh

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Conor McHugh

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Public defibrillator installed in Baltinglass

Billy Timmins cut the ribbon with (L to R) Bernie Kelly, Colin Jackson first responder Paul Byrne, Mícheál Walsh, Vicki Wall, Dr Sandor Togy and Pharmacist Niamh Scally.

A  Public Access Defibrillator was launched on Baltinglass Main Street yesterday, Wednesday, April 26.

And a group of locals were trained in its use, with local TD Billy Timmins and Donard First Responder Paul Byrne present for the training.

The defibrillator is located on the wall outside Baltinglass Pharmacy.​

The aim of this installing it is to strengthen the chance of survival for somebody who experiences heart failure in ​Baltinglas.

Experts say that starting CPR early and using a defibrillator greatly increases the chances of that person surviving.