The community councils of both Fintry and Balfron continue to help protect their villages by funding the essential upgrades of the village defibrillators by paying to replace the ageing batteries, with Balfron having the added cost of purchasing replacement pads after a recent use.

When a defib is used, the pads cannot be used again and therefore require replacements to be purchased. The pads also have a shelf life of approximately 3-years, at which time, they need to be changed.

Community organisation, Trossachs Search & Rescue Team, look after approximately 150 AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in the Trossachs area and although we regularly check the vast majority of this life-saving equipment  at no cost to the communities, we cannot afford to pay for pads and batteries as they are required, so each defibrillator requires an organisation, individual or business to adopt them.

A huge amount of organisation and funding goes into setting up these defibrillators and cabinets. While people fund-raise and apply for grants to have the AEDs installed in the area, while this is exceptional progress, particularly to rural areas, the upkeep also requires attention and that’s when an ‘adopter’ steps in! Could this be you?

If you wish to find out more about the AEDs in your area, are an organisation wishing to adopt life-saving equipment, are looking for prices, please email, we would love to hear from you.

HUGE thanks for the continuing support of Fintry Community Council and Balfron Community Council.

🚘Thanks to the team’s official vehicle sponsor who help us get to where we need to go, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – Arnold Clark🚘