A second life-saving device is now available for public use in Boroughbridge thanks to one of the town’s community groups.
Boroughbridge and District Community Care has funded a second public access defibrillator – a machine that can be used to deliver an electric shock when someone is in cardiac arrest – on the wall of the town council offices on Hall Square.
“Acting quickly when someone is in cardiac arrest and fighting for their life is crucially important,” said Coun Liz Vose, chairman of Boroughbridge and District Community Care.
“When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10 per cent.”
Illuminated by a green light, the defibrillator is mounted in secure housing and is available for community use.
Provision of public defibrillators is a fairly new initiative and Boroughbridge and District Community Care has now provided two public access defibrillators, having last year provided the funding for the defibrillator outside the sports centre at Boroughbridge High School.
Following its installation, Tom Render, of Yorkshire Ambulance Service, has been along to a training session held to demystify the use of the equipment and dispel any apprehension about “having a go”. Twenty-plus local people were shown how to assist the victims of heart attacks and those who experience breathing difficulties as well as the essential use of a defibrillator.
Coun Vose added: “It is important, however, to stress that a defibrillator can be used safely and effectively without previous training.
“All that is necessary is to dial 999 for the code to access the nearest defibrillator. Once activated the defibrillator takes over, analysing the casualty and giving verbal instruction. Do not be afraid to have a go, it is impossible to do any harm and you may just save a life.”