Lifesaver installed at cenotaph
A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed at Rishton Cenotaph.
The life-saving equipment, which will be available 24 hours a day, can be found in a secure cabinet on Blackburn Road. It is the latest to be installed by members of the Great Harwood and Rishton Rotary Club and will ‘complement’ the defibrillator outside the library on High Street.
Members of the public will be able to dial 999 and be given a code to open the box if someone is having a heart attack.
Pam Holgate, Rotary president, said: “Our thanks go to the Hyndburn Borough Council and the Royal British Legion (Rishton Branch) for kindly allowing us to place this equipment in a prominent position on the main road to Blackburn.
“Whilst we hope it is never needed, it must be comforting for the townspeople of Rishton to know that these defibrillators are available 24 hours a day to help a heart attack victim prior to the arrival of a paramedic. We are also grateful to residents who helped us raise the funding to pay for the equipment.”
Training on how to use the equipment will be held at Rishton Conservative Club on Monday, September 4, from 7pm.
Ward councillor Jeff Scales, British Legion representative Gerry Garrood and Rotarians Ann-Marie Etherington and Ken Hacking with the defibrillator at Rishton Cenotaph.