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Lifesaving defibrillator installed at Stover Country Park

Defibrillator at Stover Country ParkCllr George Gribble and Stover Country Park Ranger Delyth Hurley

Posted on: 29 May 2019

Lifesaving equipment has been installed at Stover Country Park near Newton Abbot.

The local nature reserve, which is owned and managed by Devon County Council, now has a public access defibrillator (PAD) thanks to a grant from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and locality budget funding from local County Councillor George Gribble.

The Country Park has also been awarded a CPR training kit by the BHF. The defibrillator and training kit are part of the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers Community Package. This includes the innovative “watch and learn” Call Push Rescue (CPR) training kit which has everything needed to learn CPR and defibrillator awareness in half an hour.

Staff at Stover will be running free CPR training sessions for the local community, meaning everyone can become potential life savers. Details of the training session dates on Tuesday 4 June, Wednesday 3 July, Tuesday 6 August and Thursday 5 September, are on the Stover Facebook page and also on noticeboards around the park. Places are limited and need to be booked in advance.

The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by anyone to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. Defibrillators are really easy to use, they talk to you so that you don’t need training to use one and will only deliver a shock if one is needed.

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment, said: “It’s essential that people know about defibrillation and CPR – they could be vital in saving someone’s life in the event of an emergency. I’m pleased that these facilities are now available at Stover Country Park and while we applaud everyone for taking the time to learn how they can help, we, of course, hope that it won’t be needed.”

Councillor George Gribble

Councillor George Gribble

Councillor George Gribble, County Councillor for Bovey Tracey Rural, said: “I felt it was really important to allocate funding from the locality budget to help provide this lifesaving package at Stover Country Park. We want to get as many people as possible trained in CPR and defibrillator awareness. The defibrillator will be placed at the Stover visitor centre which will increase people’s chances of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest.”

Sara Askew, Head of Survival at the British Heart Foundation, said: “More than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More people could be saved if more people felt confident performing CPR and using a public access defibrillator. We are delighted that Stover Country Park has joined BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers – by making another public access defibrillator available and teaching CPR locally. It could really make the difference between life and death.”

To date, BHF has helped place thousands of life saving defibrillators in communities around the UK. BHF asks for a contribution of £600 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package.

More information on CPR, defibrillators and out of hospital cardiac arrest, or how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers, is available at the BHF website or more information about Stover can be found on the Stover Country Park website.

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