Public defibrillators installed around Biddulph in case of emergency
RESIDENTS can now save lives on the high-street after three public defibrillators were installed in a town.
The first aid equipment has been introduced in Biddulph as part of a pilot scheme to provide faster treatment for cardiac arrest sufferers.
Biddulph Life Line, founded 18 months ago in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation and West Midlands Ambulance service, which organised the project and has already seen five of the devices installed in local businesses.
Funding for the defibrillators, which cost £1,700 each, has come from Biddulph Town Council, who have contributed around £4,000 to the project, while two were donated free of charge by the ambulance service.
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They can be found in Kingsfield Road, St John's Road and Washington Close.
Mavis Hancock, secretary of the Biddulph Life Line, believes the defibrillators will have a major impact on the community and confirmed more will be installed next year.
She said: "Now any member of the public who suffers a heart attack can receive immediate help.
"It has taken 18 months to get them in but in the last few months things have really taken off. That's just the start because we've got a lot more planned.
"We are hoping for around 20 of these boxes."
The defibrillators are housed in bright yellow, vandal-proof boxes, which require a code to open.
When an incident occurs, the first person on the scene would need to call the ambulance service and, depending on the proximity of the patient to the nearest ambulance, they will direct them to the nearest defibrillator box and provide a code to unlock it.
When the equipment is taken to the patient and opened, an automatic voice begins to talk you through the process of working the defibrillator and how to prepare the victim. The installation of the equipment in Kingsfield Road has been met with a positive response.
Miranda Smith, owner of Creations Salon, aged 41, said: "They are very good. There have been a couple of incidents here so it is reassuring."
Sandra Smith, who works in a newsagent's, aged 49, added: "It is amazing for the community. Even if they just save one life, every second counts so they should get as many in as they can."