EVERY school in Burton and South Derbyshire will soon be able to buy a reduce priced defibrillator as a result of a government bid to keep children safe and healthy.
The Department for Education confirmed that all schools in the area will be able to buy a lifesaving device at a ‘competitive price’ before the start of the autumn term.
The news comes only weeks after the Mail launched its Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign to get defibrillators installed in sites such as gyms, fitness centres and schools across the area.
Schools Minister Lord Nash said: “By securing defibrillators at a reduced price, schools will find it much easier to install these potentially lifesaving devices. We hope schools right across the country will take advantage of this.”
The Mail’s calls for the devices to be installed were recently backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who specifically stated the need for them to be in every school across the UK.
Emma Wilkins, head of community response at West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “For every parent in the region, there is nothing more important than keeping their children safe at school.
“We know from the work that we do every day just how important such machines can be in saving lives. It would be great if every school in the region had a look at the scheme.
“Having a defibrillator in every school could make the difference between life or death for one of their pupils.”
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 defibrillator gives the heart an electric shock to allow effective cardiac rhythm to be re-established.
The best conditions for defibrillation are present for only one to two minutes of someone going into cardiac arrest.