A PAIR of life-saving defibrillator units have been installed at a facility for people with learning disabilities.

Bruce Street Day Centre has been the latest to benefit from a £50,000 drive to increase the number of units across West Dunbartonshire by the council.

The new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) will be linked to the Scottish Ambulance Service register, meaning members of the public will be pointed towards them in an emergency.

As well as the council funding, cash was raised through donations from users, parents and carers, which will go towards maintenance of the units.

Councillor Marie McNair, the vice chairwoman of West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (WDHSCP), has been described as being key to securing cross-party support for the funding proposal.

She said: "I am pleased to see two additional units being installed in West Dunbartonshire which will be a great comfort to the residents who use the centre.

"It is great to see our strong partnership continuing with Heartstart and the Scottish Ambulance Service in installing these devices locally and training people to use the units.

"Thanks to everyone involved in securing these two new until which will be added to the register in West Dunbartonshire and there for residents to use in an emergency."

Chairman of the (WDHSCP), Allan Macleod, said: "These units will be a welcomed addition to the centre and will reassure visitors that in the event of an emergency trained staff will be able to assist until medics arrive.

"As a partnership we are still calling on business, organisations and community groups to build an accurate register of where these life -saving machines are fitted.

"The register is being compiled by the Scottish Ambulance Service’s R2R (Register to Resuscitate) and will help direct someone to their nearest machine in the event of an emergency.

"These machines are saving lives and I would urge people to make sure every machine in West Dunbartonshire is registered.”