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Volunteer group decide to back defib campaign

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

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VOLUNTEERS who promote conservation in and around Burton have decided to back the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign.

After reading in the paper about efforts to get lifesaving defibrillators installed across the area, Burton Conservation Volunteers revealed they had dug deep to pay for a top-of-the-range device.

Eight members of the group have been trained in its use and they have urged others to back the bid.

Lawrence Oates said: “We have been operating safely and successfully in the Burton area for 21 years, but that does not mean that we should be complacent.

“We often work on fairly remote sites and, although we encourage volunteers to work at their own pace, much of our work is physical.

“With this in mind we invested in an automatic defibrillator and training for volunteers who regularly attend workdays, following advice at a first aid training course for volunteers and the campaign led by the Mail.

“The training was excellent and well worth doing, as although the machine actually talks you through what to do it still gives the volunteers the extra confidence they would need if they were ever called upon to use a defibrillator.”

The group purchased the device from St John Ambulance and undertook training at the Burton Caribbean Association centre, in Uxbridge Street.

The Mail’s campaign was launched after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged and seriously ill when he suffered a cardiac arrest while he was working out at a local gym.

The effort has now been backed by MPs, businesses, gyms and charities – and even Prime Minister David Cameron during his recent visit to Burton.

A defibrillator gives the heart an electric shock to allow effective cardiac rhythm to be re-established.

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