LOCAL organisation Lyme Heartbeat, in association with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, is providing a free defibrillator awareness and training session designed for anyone living or working within the local community.
Lyme’s chief fire officer and first responder Virgil Turner will be leading the session alongside first aid training expert Steve Postles.
A defibrillator is a device used to give an electric shock to help restart a patient’s heart when they are in cardiac arrest.
When someone has a cardiac arrest, the heart stops and blood is no longer being pumped around their body. The longer they go without emergency life support, the harder it is to restart their heart.
Once in cardiac arrest, for every minute that passes a person loses a further 10 per cent chance of survival. If a defibrillator is readily available, patients are six times more likely to survive.
Mr Turner commented: “How confident are you that you would feel empowered to take action if you saw someone struggling with a possible heart condition?
“It’s vitally important for as many people as possible to be trained in lifesaving skills. The next time someone’s heart stops it could be your parent, your friend, your neighbour. That’s why we need you to come along.
“The session will provide you with valuable lifesaving skills including how to use a defibrillator and perform CPR.”
The local community are invited to attend the training session at the Old Chapel at the Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street, on Tuesday, October 1 at 6.30pm.
Lyme Heartbeat is run by a group of volunteers who share a vision of having a network of publicly accessible defibrillators installed throughout Lyme Regis.
They have raised funds and installed several of the devices in locations around the town.
For more details visit the website www.lymeheartbeat.co.uk