A potentially life-saving device has been presented to the villagers of Grindleton from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAA) First Responders.
The presentation is part of NWAA First Responders’ campaign to have a defibrillator situated in every village in the Ribble Valley for use when someone collapses with a cardiac arrest.
The defibrillator is currently situated in Grindleton Pavilion where it will be available when the building is in use and during football matches. However, the ultimate aim is to have the defibrillator situated in a box outside the Pavilion so that if someone collapses in the locality and 999 is dialled, the caller will be directed to collect the defibrillator from the Pavilion.
The use of the defibrillator is completely automated and designed to be used by a member of the public, while awaiting the arrival of the ambulance service and First Responder.
When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10%.
The cost of the box is more than £700 and donations or offers to run fund-raising events are welcomed.
Representatives from the current user groups met at the Pavilion to attend a training session, run by Simon Doyle and his fellow First Responders, on resuscitation and use of the defibrillator.
The First Responders are planning to provide a further general first aid and basic resuscitation session for anyone who is interested.
This will be held on Wednesday February 26th 2014 at 7 pm at the Pavilion. Numbers are limited so anyone who would like to attend should please let Anne Huson know. She can be contacted on 01200 440141. Further sessions can be arranged.