New kit to save lives

New kit to save lives

Published at 5:46pm 21st June 2016. (Updated at 5:50pm 21st June 2016)

Ilkley is among several places set to receive new defibrillators.

The life-saving devices are being provided by Bradford Council to treat people who suffer a cardiac arrest.

If needed, a defibrillator delivers an electric shock to help restart the heart.

The defibrillator in Ilkley will be installed at the public toilets behind The Grove.

Foolproof instructions mean that anyone can use a defibrillator, with guidance from 999 operators.

Studies have shown that early defibrillation greatly increases a patient's chances of survival and recovery.

Councillor Val Slater, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council, said: "We have been told by the ambulance service that Bradford is leading the way in the provision of defibrillators, and they hope our example could be followed by other local authorities in the county.

"Our buildings are used by many members of the public, as well as staff, and it's good to know that in an emergency, help is on hand immediately."

Kersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council, added: "Hopefully, we will never have to use the defibrillators, but it's reassuring to know that they are in place.

"Life-saving technology has progressed to the point where it makes sense to have defibrillators available in as many locations as possible."