Defibs at heart of Cumbria’s communities

Photo: ITV Border

Photo: ITV Border

More than 70 life-saving defibrillators are now available in communities across Cumbria.

The equipment is on hand in public places, making them easily accessible 24 hours a day for use in an emergency. A map showing where each defibrillator is located in Cumbria is available on the county council’s website at cumbria.gov.uk

A defibrillator is a portable device that can help save someone’s life by restarting the heart after cardiac arrest. Statistics show every minute without CPR and defibrillation can reduce a victim’s survival chances by ten per cent.

The defibrillators for Cumbria were secured jointly through a campaign launched by county councillor Alan Barry during his year in office as council chairman and by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Safety team.

Stored in a locked cabinet, the defibrillators are accessed by calling 999, asking for the ambulance service, and getting the code from the North West Ambulance Service to open the cabinet door.

The council is committed to making Cumbria a safer place in a variety of ways and putting defibrillators in our communities is a great example of that work. Rapid treatment is critical to the survival chances of anyone suffering a cardiac arrest, so these defibrillators could literally mean the difference between life and death.CLLR BARRY DOUGHTY, CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL