Villagers urged to learn how to save lives in community
THE people of East Bridgford are being invited to find out how to use the village's new life-saving defibrillator.
Radcliffe-on-Trent Lions Club presented East Bridgford Parish Council with £500 toward the £1,750 cost of installing the defibrillator by the telephone box in Main Street.
The rest of the money was provided by the parish council.
The defibrillator, which can be accessed in the event of a cardiac arrest by calling 999, was bought from the Community Heartbeat Trust, which has placed many of the life-saving devices in Notts and further afield.
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Now it has been installed, awareness sessions are set to take place towards the end of April so that residents can be briefed on how to respond to a heart attack emergency.
Mr Clarke said: "The defibrillators are useful for cases where the ambulance can't get here straight away.
"That's why it's so good in the rural environment.
"We got the equipment sorted and now we want to let as many people as possible know hot to use it.
"We can save lives."
At its annual meeting on April 18, the parish council will discuss when to have the information sessions.
The sessions are set to be delivered by representatives from the trust or the ambulance service.
Village residents Sam Watson, Antony Moss and John Stevens have come forward to monitor the defibrillator regularly to make sure it is fully charged and working.
Councillor Clarke thanked the Lions Club for its generosity and East Bridgford Parish Council for buying the equipment.
Additional thanks have been given to parish councillor Russell Hunt and to Stuart Johnson for installing the cabinet and its electrical supply and to East Midlands Ambulance Service.
Martin Fagan, secretary of the Community Heartbeat Trust, said: ""Having a defibrillator in the locality, along with community awareness programmes, will help save lives."