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Villagers get their own ‘heart starter’

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 04, 2012

LIFE-SAVING . . . Pet Hughes, chairman of Penkridge Parish Council with the new "heart-start" machine.

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A LIFE-SAVING heart-starting machine has been installed in Penkridge and residents are being trained how to use it in an emergency.

Penkridge Parish Council made a donation to the village’s First Responders to buy the village’s first public access defibrillator.

It followed a campaign by Councillor Sean Flynn to get a machine in the village which the public could access in an emergency and be fully trained to use.

Without immediate defibrillation and CPR, the chances of survival from cardiac arrest are less than five per cent, but with prompt defibrillation the odds of survival increase dramatically.

The machine, officially launched at the weekend by Penkridge Parish Council chairman Pet Hughes, will be kept in the office at Penkridge Cabs at Crown Bridge and can be accessed via a special code gained by dialling 999.

Around 15 people attended the first training session in the village on Saturday and further free courses are being planned in the next few months.

Councillor Flynn thanked residents for coming forward for the training.

“We are pleased to be launching Penkridge’s first public access defribrillator.

The community has recognised a need and come together to make this happen.” The Monckton recreation centre has now ordered its own defribrillator and residents hope to get more installed around the village if they can raise the cash.

Councillor Flynn added: “Having all this work done by so many people is great - but if we are very,

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