A potentially life-saving machine that can be used to help resuscitate people who have suffered a cardiac arrest has been installed in Uttoxeter.
"If someone is given immediate and effective medical treatment, they can survive a heart attack. That is why we have been so keen to equip Uttoxeter residents with this vital kit - and the knowledge of how to use it - so they can take action should an emergency arise. It could mean the difference between life and death."
Uttoxeter firefighter Simon Poole
The defibrillator has been positioned at the community fire station on Cheadle Road.
West Midlands Ambulance Service has provided the equipment and Uttoxeter Knights has covered the cost of the heated box.
The group is a registered charity, formed by a small number of local residents, three years ago. It raises money for good causes to benefit the town.
Uttoxeter firefighter Simon Poole has worked with the charity to make the defibrillator project happen. He has also arranged for defibrillators to be fitted at Marchington Village Hall and Bradley House Club in Uttoxeter as well as assisting with another initiative which has seen a device located at the town’s Heath Community Centre.
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 electrical shocks.
Simon Poole said: "Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest was a shocking incident and showed that, no matter how young or fit you are, you can still suffer a heart attack.
"However, it also showed that if someone is given immediate and effective medical treatment, they can survive. That is why we have been so keen to equip Uttoxeter residents with this vital kit - and the knowledge of how to use it - so they can take action should an emergency arise. It could mean the difference between life and death. I would like to thank Uttoxeter Knights, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Jamie Richards at AED Donate for their generosity and help in making this happen for the people of Uttoxeter."
Ian Cruddas, of Uttoxeter Knights, said: "Defibrillators have been placed at focal points in the town, with one near the bus stop and one at the fire station, so that they are readily available if they are needed. Three separate training courses are being arranged at the fire station in the near future for instruction in the use of the lifesaving equipment."
People can download an app Crowdsav or visit website www.crowdsav.com to see all of the available defibrillators in the area.