Life saving machines installed inside offices

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DEFIBRILLATORS have been put in council offices in Fareham.

Fareham Borough Council has installed lifesaving defibrillators at the civic offices, Ferneham Hall and the council’s depot.

Each year, 35,000 people experience a heart attack outside of a hospital. The best chance of survival comes from a qualified first aider equipped with a defibrillator.

Council leader councillor Sean Woodward said: ‘The health and safety of the council’s employees and visitors is of upmost priority.

‘Every minute counts in an emergency and the defibrillators help maintain a heartbeat whilst the paramedics are on route.’

Full training has been given on CPR and the use of the defibrillator.

Debbie Adwent, St John Ambulance regional training manager, said: ‘It’s wonderful to hear Fareham Borough Council has made this potentially lifesaving decision and is putting first aid at the heart of the organisation.

‘When someone goes into cardiac arrest time is of the essence. For every minute that passes where there’s no active treatment, the chances of a successful resuscitation reduces by 10 per cent.’