ARNOLD Clark has invested more than £150,000 in life-saving defibrillators – and one will be placed in a Dumbarton store.

The equipment will be installed within 32 branches across Greater Glasgow in order to help staff, customers and the local community, in the case of an emergency.

The community in Dumbarton will be able to access the defibrillator at the Arnold Clark Renault on Dumbarton Road.

As well as investing in defibrillators, the company is also investing in its staff as 400 of their employees have been trained in both CPR and using a defibrillator unit.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) provided the training to a number of employees.

And while there are trained employees at every Arnold Clark site, the defibrillators provide clear instructions to allow anyone to use them, both in writing and in the form of an automated voice.

David McColgan, BHF Scotland’s Interim Head, said: “Survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK are shockingly low, with less than one in 10 people surviving. A cardiac arrest is the ultimate medical emergency and with every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by around 10 per cent.

“Easily accessible defibrillators provide cardiac arrest patients with a vital lifeline until the ambulance service arrives.”

Leaflets have been sent out to local businesses to let them know that the defibrillator is on site if needed.

Last month we reported 41 new defibrillators will be installed by the council across West Dunbartonshire.