Free training for residents on the first public defibrillator to be fitted outside a Cleveland fire station is available this weekend.
The life-saving equipment at the retained Headland station in Hartlepool follows a community campaign and funding from local businesses.
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is accessed by a 999 emergency call to the ambulance service to ensure help is on the way and the caller is given a code to unlock the device.
It is easy to use but training is recommended and a special session with qualified first aiders is being held at the station on Sunday October 15 (One hour slots are available from 10am to 3pm).
Across the country there are about 60,000 cardiac arrests a year and 85% happen at home where there is no emergency equipment. Having an AED nearby and accessible can raise the chances of individual survival to more than 70%.
The community campaign was launched by the Fisherman’s Arms on Southgate, Headland with further funding coming from ITC First and the Hereema Fabrication Group’s Employee Charity Fund.
Mark Moore from ITC said: "We are extremely proud to be part of this great cause. Part of our business is the development and delivery of first aid qualifications, so this project was naturally close to our hearts. We are indebted to everyone involved and also to Cleveland Fire Brigade for agreeing it to be located and accessible at the Headland Fire Station.
“We urge the local community to come along to the free training session. Familiarisation with the device saves time and saving time helps saves lives.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection, Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “This is an outstanding example of everyone working together to support the local community and we are very pleased to be involved by making this vital equipment accessible.”
To book a place on our free training section then please go to
firstname.lastname@example.org or go the CommunityDefibandCPRTrainingHartlepool Facebook page.
Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) specializes in the engineering and fabrication of large and complex structures for the offshore oil and gas and energy-related industries.
ITC First is an Awarding Body based on the Headland, designing, developing and offering a range of qualifications, training courses and training consultancy for businesses.