Village now has a life saving piece of equipment thanks to co-operation with East of England Ambulance Service

PUBLISHED: 14:15 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:15 09 July 2015

Sutton Parish Council Chairman - Bob Browne, Andrew Barlow - Community Partnership Manager East of England Ambulance Service, Sutton Parish Clerk - Rosie Hughes, Sutton Parish Cllrs Peter Bigsby and Brett Collard.

Sutton Parish Council Chairman - Bob Browne, Andrew Barlow - Community Partnership Manager East of England Ambulance Service, Sutton Parish Clerk - Rosie Hughes, Sutton Parish Cllrs Peter Bigsby and Brett Collard.

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An East Cambs village now has a life saving piece of equipment.

Sutton Parish Council has in conjunction with the East of England Ambulance Service installed a defibrillator at the pavilion.

The defibrillator is linked to the 999 ambulance system. Therefore anyone in the village making a 999 call would be sent to the defibrillator and given the keypad code on the security box.

The defibrillator can be used by anyone, irrespective of whether they have had any first aid training or not, as the machine will talk the user through the whole procedure.

The council says it is “a safe, reliable sophisticated machine that will analyse and determine whether to deliver a shock to a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

“It will also continue to monitor the casualty and give the user instructions until the emergency services take over.

Andrew Barlow, community partnership manager at East of England Ambulance Service, said: “We are happy to support the provision of this community public access defibrillator.

“The first and few minutes of a person collapsing are the most important and having this vital piece of life saving equipment within the village will ultimately improve the chances of survival.”

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