Village now has defibrillator at the cricket club
North Runcton will now be better equipped to cope with heart attacks thanks to the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), a charity run by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.
The new emergency equipment to which it donated has been installed at North Runcton Cricket Club and will be maintained by the parish council.
Rachel Curtis, parish clerk, said: “Several residents had suggested the council looked at getting a defibrillator as they give heart attack victims a greatly enhanced chance of survival.
“We were thrilled when RRT offered to gift the equipment to the parish.”
George Turner, local RRT team leader, said: “We are pleased to help improve emergency response facilities in North Runcton –especially as we are all local residents.”
Peter Lemon, president of North Runcton CC, said: “We thought the cricket club pavilion was a good central location to have the defibrillator and will be easily found in an emergency.
“A simple 999 call will allow people to find where the nearest defibrillator is located and how to access the machine.
“Thanks are extended to the Towler family for allowing us to locate it here.”
Defibrillators are used to administer an electric shock to patients suffering cardiac arrest. Pressing a button on the machine initiates verbal instructions that tell the first aider what to do.
The British Heart Foundation have an on-line video explaining how to use a defibrillator in an emergency: https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can- help/how-to-save-a-life/defibrillators/how-to-use-a-defibrillator.