Life saving equipment for local towns and villages

Defibrillators have been purchased for Barnstaple, Ashford and Shirwell.

Defibrillators have been purchased for Barnstaple, Ashford and Shirwell. - Credit: Getty Images/Hemera

Defibrillators bought with Town and Parish (TAP) funding.

LIFESAVING equipment is being installed in North Devon towns and villages to aid cardiac arrest victims.

Barnstaple Town Council – in conjunction with parish councils in Ashford and Shirwell – has managed to secure Town and Parish (TAP) funding to buy four defibrillators.

They will be kept at the Queen’s Theatre and Barum House in Barnstaple, and at village halls in Ashford and Shirwell.

Used within three minutes of a cardiac arrest, a defibrillator can make the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency.

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The devices deliver an electric charge to restart the heart, increasing the chance of survival more than 60 per cent if used early enough.

Barnstaple town clerk Anne Jenkins said: “The equipment is fully automatic and will be accessible to everyone.

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“It will be available to any local groups and organisations that want to use it.”

TAP funding is provided by Devon County Council and topped up by North Devon Council.

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