Defibs at heart of Cumbria’s communities
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.