Firefighters in Largs welcome a vital piece of life saving equipment – a defibrillator.

The defibrillator will provide the community with instant access to potentially life-saving equipment and the unit has now been installed at the fire station in Brisbane Road.

Firefighters along with First Responders held a car wash and CPR awareness day to raise money for the defibrillator.

Watch Manager Peter Bowyer, said: “All members of the Largs crew have received training in basic life support and the operation of the defibrillator unit.

“This defibrillator will be available to all members of the community and could potentially save a life.”

The Largs First Responder team have already raised funds for eight defibrillators at various locations around the North Coast. A further two are currently planned.

Late last year SFRS entered into a partnership with the British Heart Foundation which saw the charity donate CPR training kits to every fire station in Scotland.

The idea is to help build a nation of life-savers by offering communities the opportunity to teach themselves CPR.

Anyone can contact their local firefighter and agree a date and time to use the self-teach DVD and manikin at one of Scotland's 356 fire stations.

Anyone who is interested in using the CPR kits are asked to contact Watch Manager Peter Bowyer at the fire station on a Monday night between 7pm and 9pm.

The partnership is part of both organisations’ commitment to the Scottish Government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest strategy, which aims to save 1000 lives in Scotland by 2020.