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More defibrillators could save lives

Councillors Bev Murray and Kim Snape with Brian Ratcliffe, deputy contract manager for Active Nation, with the defibrillator at All Seasons Leisure Centre

Councillors Bev Murray and Kim Snape with Brian Ratcliffe, deputy contract manager for Active Nation, with the defibrillator at All Seasons Leisure Centre

 

Vital equipment that could save lives is now more widely available in key areas across Chorley.

A defibrillator is being installed in the football changing pavilion at Astley Park and could be used if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.

Chorley Council already has the machines at its Union Street offices, in Chorley Town Hall and outside the covered market.

They have also been installed at All Seasons and Clayton Green leisure centres and Brinscall Swimming Pool by Active Nation, which runs the centres for the council.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees people’s well-being for Chorley Council, said: “These machines can be vital in saving someone’s life, as the one at the covered market proved recently when someone suffered a cardiac arrest.

“They need to be in busy places where people congregate, for people to know where they are, and accessible for use if needed, which is why they’re in our leisure and sports centres and in the park where football teams play and where during the summer we hold many events which attract hundreds if not thousands of people.”

Defibrillators are becoming more common in public places and can be used to restart someone’s heart.

They only deliver an electric shock if a patient’s heart is in a specific rhythm.

 

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