The life-saving coaches at Forfar Boys’ Club have been given a big boost in their efforts to prepare for all kinds of emergencies.
The club sprang into action following the collapse of nine-year-old Braedyn Reid, when the administration of perfect CPR for 23 minutes was instrumental in saving the young lad’s life.
Chairman Barry Quinn purchased three defibrillators - as well as training for 75 people - to ensure that the club would be ready in case anything like that situation happened again.
The coaches were able to access a defib at the training venue - Webster’s High School - but Barry said things could have turned out differently at one of the club’s other training sessions where such equipment wasn’t available.
And the kind-hearted workers of the Shell Gannet A platform, led by OIM Terry Stout, have donated £1,000 for another machine and relevant training for 25 people in an amazing gesture outwith their normal charity activities.
Barry said: “Having been at the training session with my own son that evening I have to say that what occurred on the night was without doubt the scariest situation I have ever seen. I would like to say that the actions of our Forfar Boys FC coaches, one in particular, and the fantastic staff at Webster’s saved Braedyn’s life that night with outstanding CPR and defibrillator skills, cool heads and professional emergency response actions.
“To give quality CPR to a child within our duty of care for 23 mins was something that cannot ever be underestimated and everyone at Forfar Boys FC is incredibly proud of the way all our coaches, parents and players handled the situation.
“Following the incident with Braedyn one thing that immediately became apparent was that had this occurred at any of our other regular training venues things could have been very different given we did not have a defibrillator at any of those sites.
“We purchased three defibrillators and training for 75 people to ensure we would have this life saving piece of equipment with us at all times in the future.
“We felt that coupled with the fact we already had a training matrix in place so each of our teams had qualified first aiders the de-fibs would now give us further confidence that we have the means and ability to deal with a similar situation in future at any of our regular pitches.”
Barry and other club staff have met with representatives from other Angus clubs and the Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA) to help other organisations get themselves prepared for all eventualities.
Barry continued: “The response to this incident has been overwhelming, the SYFA, DDYFA have both been fantastic in their support, advice and guidance and are already looking to work with us on an awareness campaign. Our friends at Forfar Athletic have rallied and installed their defibrillator outside and starting training courses for everyone that uses Station Park.
“Angus Council has been superb and is looking to increase defibrillators at appropriate facilities around the area.
“Forfar Albion JFC has offered support throughout and we are working closely with them currently. We raised £8,500 at our annual dance and were blown away with the generosity of people during the auction.”