Ilfracombe defib needs a home

PCSO Karen Grant and Joe Jensen of South Western Ambulance Servcie with the defibrillator, which nee

PCSO Karen Grant and Joe Jensen of South Western Ambulance Servcie with the defibrillator, which needs a new home in Ilfracombe High Street. - Credit: Archant

Appeal for anyone with a bit of spare outside wall to come forward so the life saving equipment will be available 24/7.

SOMEONE with free wall in Ilfracombe High Street is being asked to help save lives by ‘donating’ a section of it.

A community defibrillator purchased for the town last autumn needs a permanent location available 24 hours a day for anyone to use in an emergency.

Within three minutes of a cardiac arrest, it can make the difference between life and death, but its location in the McColls store means it is still inaccessible for eight hours as the store is open from 7am-11pm.

Local police, who have led the initiative together with South Western Ambulance Service, have asked for anyone willing to house the locked defibrillator box on a wall in the High Street to come forward.

The blue box is 51 centimetres high, 40 wide and 24 deep. It needs an electricity supply, but uses little. All fitting, connection and electricity costs would be paid.

It is user friendly, with instructions to enable anybody to use it, but will only work on someone whose heart has stopped.

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PCSO Karen Grant said money for the equipment and installation was raised from charities in the town and the town council.

“We just need someone to say we can put it on their wall, but so far no one has,” she said.

“It would not be a cost to anybody or leave them out of pocket.”

Joe Jensen from the ambulance service said it really was time to ensure the equipment was out in the community.

“We’ve had some obstacles, but if this saves one person’s life it will have been worth it,” he said.

Local paramedic Dave Shaddick will be running free sessions for people to familiarise themselves with the device and learn basic CPR skills.

Street pastors, police and others will have the code to open the locked box, but in a cardiac emergency the code can be given out by the operator when someone calls 999.

If you can help, call PCSO Grant on 0845 565057 or email

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