Life-saving defibrillator unveiled

Chief Fire Officer Jason Thelwell, Group Commander Ian Taylor, Mark Lancaster MP
Chief Fire Officer Jason Thelwell, Group Commander Ian Taylor, Mark Lancaster MP

MK’s chief fire officer unveiled a life-saving defibrillator at Newport Pagnell Fire Station last week alongside Mark Lancaster MP.

The defibrillator, which is accessible to the public, has been mounted next to the entrance of the Fire Station in Wolverton Road.

The new equipment is to allow firefighters to respond to medical emergencies in a bid to save more lives while on duty.

From this week, 20 fire engines across Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire will carry brand new equipment to help someone suffering from a cardiac arrest.

The defibrillator can deliver an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, allowing it to pump again.

Jason Thelwell, Bucks Fire & Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, said: “We are taking a further step towards achieving our aim of making Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the safest places in England.

“After someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by 10 per cent.

“Our job is to save lives in our community and against the backdrop of a 10-year decline in the number of emergency incidents firefighters are being called to, we are continuing to find ways to help our local communities and save lives.

Mr Lancaster added: “The defibrillator is very easy to use, it has a built-in video screen providing step-by-step instructions and with a further three units being installed at Broughton, Olney and Bletchley Fire Stations, it’s positive and certainly reassuring news for local residents.”