A potentially life-saving machine that can be used to help resuscitate people who have suffered a heart attack has been installed in Penkridge.
"There is absolutely no doubt that defibrillators save lives. The first one to be located in Penkridge was used effectively just two weeks after it was installed and proves just how vital they can be when someone suffers a heart attack."
Penkridge Station Manager Graham Mills
The defibrillator is located at the heart of the community, on the side of the village’s Boscomoor Lane fire station.
Penkridge firefighters raised part of the money to pay for the emergency equipment and part of the funding was provided by Penkridge & District Round Table.
It is the third device to be installed in the village with one at the Hodson Ford building on Lyne Hill Industrial Estate and another at Monckton Recreation Centre on Pinfold Lane.
Penkridge Community First Responders manage and maintain all of the defibrillators in the village.
The importance of taking immediate action when someone suffers a heart attack was highlighted in March 2012 when Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered an on-pitch cardiac arrest.
The England under-21 international midfielder was described as being "in effect dead" for 78 minutes but survived the incident. Medics treated Muamba with a defibrillator, giving his heart controlled electric shocks.
Station Manager at Penkridge Graham Mills said: "There is absolutely no doubt that defibrillators save lives. The first one to be located in Penkridge was used effectively just two weeks after it was installed and proves just how vital they can be when someone suffers a heart attack.
"We are really pleased to have been able to contribute to this new piece of emergency equipment and would encourage as many people as possible to undergo training sessions when they take place. It could mean the difference between life and death for a casualty."
Victoria Tufail, Community Response Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service, added: "Penkridge and District Round Table and local firefighters have done an excellent job in raising funds in order to purchase this piece of life-saving equipment.
"The ambulance service already has an excellent working relationship with the fire service within the county and this new installation shows the benefit of partnership working. Having the defibrillator installed and people trained in its use, helps to ensure that should anyone within the community suffer a cardiac arrest, they can receive treatment as quickly as possible, whilst an ambulance is en-route.
"It is estimated that approximately 30,000 people each year suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital. For every minute that basic life support is not provided the patient’s chances of survival reduces by 10 per cent. This is why community schemes such as this are so important."
Chris Roddie, Chairman of Penkridge & District Round Table, said: "Members of Penkridge & District Round Table are proud once again to support our community with the installation of this further defibrillator in the village. Our community events such as the Fun Run, Santa Sleigh and Beer Festival have one common theme, to bring enjoyment to the people within our community and at the same time to raise money for our Community Fund to support things like this."