Bideford mayor officially unveiled a brand new defibrillator for Bideford last night (Wednesday).

Bideford unveilled two new defibrillators yesterday (Wednesday) - thanks to the town centre partnership.

The units at the fire station in Old Town and the harbour master's office on Bideford Quay have been jointly funded by Bideford Town Council and Safer North Devon.

Bideford mayor, Councillor Phil Pester, said: "I am thrilled to see the fruition of this jointly funded project which was first suggested to us by officers at Bideford Fire Station.

"We know that access to a defibrillator in the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest can save lives.

"This is a machine which can be used by anyone because as soon as you turn it on it will talk to you and guide you through the procedure."

Fire station manager Graham Rooke said: "We'd like to thank Bideford Town Council and Safer North Devon for the funding of this initiative, as well as the support of all the key agencies.

"Having two defibrillators in place means that at least one will be close at hand at all times, and every second is precious in an emergency."

Annual two-hour sessions will be held for people living in the town to learn about how to use defibrillators and conducting CPR. The first is on August 27 with the venue tbc.

Anyone interested in attending can call 01237 423859.