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Thirsk Market Place gets life-saving equipment

Thirsk Market Place gets life-saving equipment

Published at 3:35pm 2nd September 2017. (Updated at 3:36pm 2nd September 2017)

Residents and tourists who visit the Market Place in Thirsk can now make use of life-saving equipment in an emergency.

The town's team of Community First Responders (CFRs) have provided the town with its latest Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD), using funds from North Yorkshire County Council.

It has been installed at the Tourist Information Centre by local businessman Steven Dresser.

Thirsk CFRs decided that their project for this year was to fund and install four CPADs in the town surrounding area.

The team have gone above and beyond that target and managed to obtain eight CPADs, with four already being installed and the remaining ones due to be installed within the next month or two.

A defibrillator is a portable device which can be used by a member of the public to help restart someone's heart when they suffer a cardiac arrest.

This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness.

For every minute which passes without defibrillation and CPR, the chances of survival drop by around 10%.

More than 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year, but currently less than one in 10 people survive.

Stephen Lifton, Defibrillator Coordinator for Thirsk CFRs, said: "The completion of our defibrillator project is fantastic news and is down to a number of people.  Firstly, the team of volunteer CFRs who have dedicated their spare time to organise and take part in fundraising events, the local councillor Gareth Dadd, Steven Dresser who has kindly installed all our CPADs at no cost to the team and finally the general public in and around Thirsk who have donated so generously.

"On behalf of the team, thank you to everyone who assisted in the project and provided Thirsk with access to life-saving equipment which will benefit all in the community."

Councillor Gareth Dadd added: "I was introduced to the Community First Responders at a public demonstration and saw the commitment and energy put in by these volunteers. It became apparent to me that they not only needed a bit of support for all they do, but there was a gap in provision of CPADs.

"I have been delighted to support this particular site, right in the heart of Thirsk, with funding from my locality budget, and thank you to the Tourist Information Centre and Steven Dresser for making this possible. Hopefully it shall hardly, if ever, have to be used."

For more information about Thirsk CFRs or their CPAD project, call Kate Mountford on 07794 638855 or e-mail thirskcfr@gmail.com