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Kidderminster Fire Station gets a public access defibrillator

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Kidderminster is the latest fire station to get a public access defibrillator which will help save lives in the community.

The defibrillator, which is a device that gives a vital electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest, is available for anyone to use in an emergency situation.

Anyone dialling 999 in the event of a cardiac arrest or heart attack will be given the code to the cabinet by the ambulance service and the machine will provide the user with simple instructions.

Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: "Combined with CPR, defibrillators can significantly increase a person's chances of surviving a cardiac arrest. Without one, survival chances decrease by approximately 10% per minute."

He continued: "The safety of the community is always at the forefront of everything we do so I'm really pleased that we have yet another public access defibrillator at one of our stations."

Green Watch from Kidderminster Fire Station made the purchase of the machine possible after months of fundraising. They now look to train members of the community on how to use the defibrillator.

If you want to know more about recognising the symptoms of a heart attack, please visit https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/conditions/cardiac-arrest