THERE are a total of 268 defibrillators in the Borders.

But would you know where the nearest one was, if there was an emergency?

There is an easy way to find out.

The free ‘Crowdsav’ mobile phone app was set up to make it easier to locate your nearest defibrillator.

As we reported when we launched our Heart of the Community campaign, the Borders is already the Scottish capital for surviving cardiac arrests.

Since 2014, survival rates have soared from four per cent to 29 per cent (well above the Scottish-wide figure is 16 per cent).

But we want to go one better and see the region become the world leader.

Sweden and Seattle currently top the table with 30 per cent.

And the Crowdsav app is playing a big part, as it is monitored regularly by a health professional.

Ex Borders paramedic Colin Baxter is involved in the process.

He said: “The app takes just seconds to download and can be a real lifesaver.

“There are three or four administrators for the whole of Scotland and we look at what goes on the list.

“It is always being updated.

“If you know about a defibrillator which isn’t on the list, there is a section to input the details.

“Then one of the administrators will come out and check it.”

The software can be downloaded from you mobile’s app store – on Android and Apple devices.