Community fire station offering chance to learn skills to save a life

Community defibrillators are coming to Gedney, Gedney Dyke and Gedney Drove End.  Photo supplied.
Community defibrillators are coming to Gedney, Gedney Dyke and Gedney Drove End. Photo supplied.

A community fires station near Sleaford is one of three in the county to arm residents with the ability to save lives as they receive defibrillators courtesy of the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

Brant Broughton Fire Station, along with Spalding and Caistor, will each receive a defibrillator - equipment which can increase a person’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest by 68 per cent.

Residents in the three communities are now being urged to go along to training sessions run by EMAS community resuscitation trainers to learn how to use the equipment.

The awareness session will take place at Brant Broughton Fire Station on Tuesday November 24, at 7pm.

Steve Pratten, community response manager at the East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “Recent research shows us that should someone suffer a cardiac arrest, you can significantly increase their chances of survival by performing CPR and using a defibrillator to restart their heart.

“When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, acting quickly can literally mean the difference between life and death and that’s why, in rural Lincolnshire where an ambulance may be some distance away, having access to a defibrillator is incredibly important.

“We’re so pleased to have been able to donate these machines and hope residents will take up the opportunity to learn how to use the, this initiative shows how blue light services work closely together in the best interests of the public that we serve.”

Dan Moss, deputy divisional commander at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, added: “On behalf of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and the communities of Spalding, Brant Broughton and Caistor, we would like to thank EMAS for donating these defibrillators.

“These life-saving tools are becoming more common in public places, however, we know that many people are unsure how to use them and that’s why these training sessions are so important.

“Coming along to your local fire station and attending a session will allow residents to skill up in using a defibrillator and potentially, should the worst happen, save a life.”