A new defibrillator has been installed in the Tandragee area thanks to funding from ABC Council.
Drumnaleg Community Association received money to buy the defibrillator, which has been erected and attached to Tullymacann Orange Hall.
According to local Councillor Paul Berry, more than 70 groups and associations within the ABC Council areas have availed of the defibrillator grant within the last six months.
Praising Drumnaleg Community Association for its foresight and vision, Councillor Berry said: “Drumnaleg Community Association is a very active group supporting and serving this local rural community and the installation of a defibrillator and the support that is being provided by its members is a tremendous asset.”
Members of the group participated in a life-saving course prior to the installation of the defibrillator.
“Our defibrillator installation has been registered with the emergency services and, if a 999 call is made close to the hall at Tullymacann, those in need of assistance will be directed to the location as they await the arrival of paramedics,” explained Drumanleg Community Association Secretary, Nuala Bell.
“The defibrillator is very easy to use and the machine will even give verbal instructions. It will also be lit up at night.”
“We are hoping that it will not be needed,” added Association Treasurer John Bell, “but having it in place is reassuring for our rural community.”
Drumnaleg Community Association has had information leaflets about the defibrillator installation and its location printed and these will be distributed to homes in the area.