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Website allows people to find their nearest defib

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

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AMBULANCE chiefs are urging people to use a website which allows people in Burton to find out where the nearest lifesaving defibrillator is located.

The Defib Finder website gives directions to where a machine is kept and how members of the public can access it in an emergency.

Details of the site were released, which was designed by West Midlands Ambulance Service, Safeheart UK and the Community Heartbeat charity, as part of the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign.

A quick search based around the Mail’s High Street office throws up the sites of eight defibrillators within a 2km radius.

Meadowside Leisure Centre, Burton Fire Station, in Moor Street, and Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium were among the sites which have the devices installed.

A spokesman for the site said: “Should anyone you know ever suffer a cardiac arrest your first port of call should always be to dial 999 and commence CPR, but more often than not in such situations there are other people around who could help by fetching a defibrillator.”

He said the quicker the defibrillator was used the better a person’s chance of survival and the less time they would spend recovering from the cardiac arrest.

The website will also tell the ambulance service when the defibrillator was last used, how many people are trained to use a specific device, and when each defibrillator is due for a maintenance check.

The site stores the locations of 2,500 defibrillators across the West Midlands.

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

The campaign has now been backed by former footballer Fabrice Muamba, MPs in Burton and South Derbyshire and a host of schools, gyms and charities in the area.

More information is available on where to find defibrillators by visiting www.defibfinder.co.uk

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