Lifesaving de­vice for fire sta­tion

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LIFESAVING equip­ment has been in­stalled at Bolling­ton Fire Sta­tion af­ter fundrais­ing in the com­mu­nity.

Fol­low­ing a num­ber of lo­cal fundrais­ing events in the area a de­fib­ril­la­tor is now avail­able for ev­ery­one to use out­side the fire sta­tion on Al­bert Road with 24 hour ac­cess.

This is thanks to Cheshire Fire Au­thor­ity and fundrais­ing by Bolling­ton and Macclesfield Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders.

Crew man­ager Ash Brown took up the cause af­ter re­al­is­ing that there were very few of these de­vices in the town and worked with Andy Pow­ell from Bolling­ton and Macclesfield Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders, who raised enough money to buy and get the de­fib­ril­la­tor fit­ted to the out­side of the fire sta­tion.

De­fib­ril­la­tors in­crease the rate of sur­vival from six per cent to 74 per cent in the event of a per­son suf­fer­ing from a car­diac ar­rest.

Fire Au­thor­ity mem­ber coun Den­nis Ma­hon at­tended the sta­tion to see first-hand how the wall-mounted de­vice will ben­e­fit lo­cal peo­ple.

He said: “The Fire Au­thor­ity is com­mit­ted to build­ing safer, stronger and more re­silient com­mu­ni­ties.

“By in­stalling a de­fib­ril­la­tor out­side Bolling­ton Fire Sta­tion it will give ev­ery­one that life-sav­ing ca­pa­bil­ity should they need it.”

The de­fib­ril­la­tor is stored in a box and is ac­cessed via a 999 call.

The caller asks for the am­bu­lance ser­vice and gets a code which will al­low them to open the cab­i­net.

The de­vice is quick and easy to use with voice prompts tak­ing the user through sim­ple step by step in­struc­tions.

It will only de­liver a shock if it doesn’t de­tect a heart­beat – thereby en­sur­ing they are not used in the wrong sit­u­a­tions.

Andy Pow­ell, Bolling­ton and Macclesfield Com­mu­nity Re­spon­der, added: “This is a great as­set which was bought for the town by the town, via fundrais­ing, and is now there for any­one that needs to use it, 24/7. I know that, from my ex­pe­ri­ence as a First Re­spon­der, car­diac ar­rests can hap­pen in both young and older peo­ple and that mod­ern de­fib­ril­la­tors are per­fectly safe and easy to use so peo­ple shouldn’t worry us­ing them.”

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