Life­saver in­stalled at ceno­taph

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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.

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