Villagers in Carlby who suffer a heart attack now have a much greater chance of survival thanks to the efforts of a parish council.
Carlby Parish Council obtained funding for a village defibrillator from the Margaret Brown Trust, a charity set up to promote health and saving lives in the East Midlands.
The fitting of the defibrillator to the village hall in the High Street was paid for by a donation from Lincolnshire County Councillor Martin Trollope-Bellew’s Big Society Fund.
And on Thursday last week, an awareness day was held to make villagers aware of the new piece of life-saving equipment and show them how to use it. Forty-seven people attended.
Even those not trained to use it can access it by calling 999, where the operator will talk them through the use while at the same time dispatching an ambulance.
Chairman of the parish council Nicky Howells said: “We’d heard about defibrillators being installed in villages elsewhere in Lincolnshire and thought it was an excellent idea.
“EMAS have helped us turn the idea into a reality and I’m really pleased that the equipment is now in situ and ready to be used. We hope no one suffers a heart attack but if someone does, we’re now prepared to deal with it and hopefully save their life. I can’t think of a better way to spend money.”
East Midlands Ambulance Service has been encouraging organisations to have defibrillators installed and community response manager Steve Pratten said he was pleased Carlby Parish Council had taken it up on the suggestion.