More 'user-friendly' and life-saving defibrillators installed across Rossendale Valley

Two more Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) have been installed in the Valley.

The first is housed on an external wall in the lower car park of Brand Interiors (Novaks) in Crawshawbooth, positioned adjacent to Taylor Wimpey’s ‘Woodside’ housing development, providing 24-hour access for the community. Sam Evans, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, said: “It’s so important to us that we give something back to the communities in which we’re building.

“Our partnership with CDfR is vitally important in helping to ensure that more defibrillators are available for people who might need them and we are proud to be able to make this equipment readily accessible in Rossendale,” Sam said.

The second, most recent unit, is on Trickett’s Insurance new offices on Bank Street in Rawtenstall, outside Boots. CPADs are designed to be user-friendly, allowing anyone, regardless of training, to assist a person experiencing cardiac arrest. This initiative is part of a broader effort to enhance public health and safety within the Rossendale community.

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All Rossendale CPADs are registered with The Circuit, a national registration initiative run by the BHF. The Circuit’s aim is to map all public access defibrillators in the UK, so ambulance services can direct bystanders to the nearest defibrillator in the event of a cardiac arrest – the ultimate medical emergency.

Dawn Taylor, Treasurer of Community Defibs for Rossendale, said: “We are delighted with these most recent installations, which give 24/7 public access to life-saving equipment in Rossendale.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed, especially Taylor Wimpey and Rossendale Borough Council’s Community Partnership Group, who each donated £500 to the cost of the Crawshawbooth defibrillator.

“Additionally, we appreciate Brand Interiors Ltd and Trickett’s Insurance for agreeing to host the units and Trickett’s for funding the cost of the electrical installation.

“CDfR is proud to have donated both the housing units. Additional funding is still required for a permanent defib for the Trickett’s CPAD.”

A defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by anyone to help restart the heart when someone suffers from a cardiac arrest and has stopped breathing. No specific training is needed and the device will only deliver a shock to the heart if necessary.

Dependant upon CPR being administered and the incident being within 500 metres of a CPAD, an access code may be given by the ambulance call-taker.

For more information about Community Defibs for Rossendale (CDfR) and their ‘No Fear’ training sessions, visit Community Defibs for Rossendale on Facebook or contact Dawn on 07812 303856