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New vital life-saving equipment for town

Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend (left) with Andrew Holden, group leader Pendle, Padiham and Burnley community first responders (centre), and Shaun Sproule, emergency medical technician
Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend (left) with Andrew Holden, group leader Pendle, Padiham and Burnley community first responders (centre), and Shaun Sproule, emergency medical technician
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Another piece of life-saving equipment has been installed in Burnley town centre.

Burnley Borough Council has been working with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to install defibrillator units in public places across the town.

The latest unit has been installed outside McDonald’s in St James’ Street and is available for use in an emergency if someone suffers a heart attack. It was installed as part of the major refurbishment of the town centre which is almost completed.

The briefcase-sized defibrillators are also available in Burnley Town Hall, Burnley Market Hall, the Mechanics Theatre, Towneley Hall and Contact Burnley. There is also a unit outside the town’s Marks & Spencer store.

Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend, who was behind getting the initiative off the ground, said: “It’s good to see these defibrillator units being installed across Burnley.

“When someone suffers cardiac arrest it’s vital they get help as quickly as possible. Whilst I hope they never have to be used, it’s good to know they are easily available and could help save someone’s life if the worst happens”

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest.

When trying to help a sudden cardiac arrest victim, every second counts. Each minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chances of survival by ten per cent. When used quickly, defibrillators can save lives.

The units come with full instructions and are designed to be used by people even if they have no first aid training. The secure unit is covered by CCTV cameras.

If a person dials 999 and states that someone has suffered cardiac arrest then the emergency operator will give a code number that is used by a member of the public to open the defibrillator cabinet and remove the defibrillator.

As this is taking place paramedics are already on their way. It is this intervention that could save someone’s life whilst awaiting the paramedics.

The machine has voice prompts and informative visual displays. Once in position, it detects the heart’s rhythm and it won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed.