A brand new defibrillator has been installed at Great Torrington Commons.

It is placed on the wall just outside of the public toilets, at the old bowling green, and should only be used in emergency situations.

Graham Rooke, station manager at Torrington Fire Station, was one of the key players in installing the piece of life-saving equipment.

He said: “A member of the public contacted me and asked if I knew there had been a fatality in this spot last year.

“From that, I spoke to Steve Smith at Safe South West and asked if he could help to find the funding which he did.”

There are many events held at the commons with many people attending them so having a defibrillator there is very beneficial for the community and people visiting the commons.

Torrington Town Council will also have a member check on the defibrillator regularly.

Station manager Rooke added: “It a real multi-agency thing really; Torridge District Council gave permission to use the wall on the public toilets.

“We all worked together for the benefit of the town, from the people that have raised it as a concern in the first place.

“It’s lovely to see it on the wall now, although I hope nobody ever needs to use it.”

Torrington Mayor, Diana Davey, was very positive and extremely pleased the defibrillator had been put in place.

She said: “On behalf of the whole community of Torrington town, we are grateful for this and hope it won’t be used, but it’s good to know it is there just in case.”

The defibrillator will be in the 999 system so if anyone calls that number within 200 metres of the defibrillator, the ambulance will be directed to it.

People should not be afraid to use it in emergency situations as it talks you through how to use it.

There will be an annual free training session in basic first aid and how to use the defibrillator.

The first session to learn how to use the defibrillator will be held at 7pm on June 19, at the Methodist Church in Mill Street, Torrington. Contact Torrington town council to book a place.