ALAN Parry has used defibrillators more times than he can remember.
And he knows that they do save lives.
The retired company director is a member of Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent Community Responders and carries a defibrillator in his car at all times in case he gets called out to a sudden cardiac arrest.
Now the first responders are building up provision in the Gosport area and have recently installed a publicly-accessible defibrillator at Thorngate Halls community centre in Bury Road.
Another defibrillator is being installed at St Faith’s Church in Victoria Square, Lee-on-the-Solent, and a third device has been donated to Gosport Men’s Shed.
Mr Parry, co-ordinator for the community responders, said: ‘We chose Thorngate Halls because it’s so busy and is open 8am to midnight.
‘The defibrillator is right next to the door.
‘Anybody that walks in will see it.
‘The week before last I got called out to three cardiac arrests on the trot.
‘They do get used. It’s been proved worldwide that they do save lives.’
Mr Parry hopes to create a network of defibrillators across Gosport, including Rowner and Bridgemary.
He added: ‘I think the ferry port should be our next priority with the amount of people going through going to work and coming home from work.
‘Then we can look to other places where there’s a flow of people.’
The first responders have done their own fundraising to help pay for the devices.
They are backing our campaign to double the number of defibrillators in the area.
They are currently about 70 across Portsmouth and surrounding areas.
The ambulance service can provide funding assistance to interested businesses and organisations by directing them to charities, grants and community fundraising schemes.
The trust can provide training. Visit southcentralambulance.nhs.uk/campaigns/startaheart