The role of Community Defibrillation Officer

 The Community Defibrillation officers and the Community Engagement Officer

The Community Defibrillation Officer (CDO) posts were established in 2011 within each of our five divisions, in a joint venture between the Service and British Heart Foundation Scotland to help the community save lives by improving the chain of survival of people experiencing a ‘heart attack’ and support the role of the Community Resuscitation Development Officer.

A further post of Community Engagement Officer (CEO) was also developed to promote and publicise the work of the CRDO and CDO across Scotland. The five Community Defibrillation Officer posts and Community Engagement Officer post are funded by the British Heart Foundation Scotland until 2013 and are an integral role in promoting and developing community resilience across Scotland.

The Community Defibrillation Officer role is to:

  • support the placement of Public Access Defibrillators and provide defibrillator training to community members
  • work closely and develop partnerships with organisations to support and develop Community and School initiatives
  • train community members in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), via the ‘Heartstart’ campaign, in partnership with British Heart Foundation Scotland
  • training staff and volunteers to become Heartstart Instructors
  • support the Community Resuscitation Development Officer in developing Community First Responder groups and in continuing to develop community resilience.

Find out more about Heartstart and British Heart Foundation Scotland