A BID to save lives by installing ‘heart-start’ machines in prominent locations across Barrhead has been handed a boost.

Members of the Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership are on a mission to install public access defibrillators (PADs) across town.

And they were thrilled to unveil their latest device at the Tesco store, in Kelburn Street.

This is the sixth PAD to be installed in the last three months through the Barrhead Rotary’s charity arm, supported by a grant from the East Renfrewshire Renewable Energy Fund.

A total of 10 people have also qualified as heart-start trainers and will be able to teach local residents how to use the equipment.

The group’s next heart-start defibrillator awareness course will take place at the Auchenback Resource Centre on Friday, May 17, from 1pm until 3pm.

It is free to take part and anyone who is interested should email Douglas Yates on dayates@ntlworld.com to apply for a place.

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