Shoppers in Wisbech will now have peace of mind after a piece of lifesaving equipment has been installed.
Wisbech now has one of hundreds of defibrillators which were given to communities across the region by the East of England Ambulance Service.
The equipment can make a crucial difference in the first two or three minutes before an ambulance crew or community first responder reaches a patient who isn’t breathing and whose heart has stopped.
This is the town’s first defibrillator, which has been installed at the side of Boots in the Horsefair Shopping Centre and unveiled by mayor David Hodgson.
Kevin Smith, Horsefair centre manager and president of Wisbech Chamber of Commerce, said: “Hopefully the scenario never arises that we will need to use the defibrillator but having equipment on standby that could save someone’s life gives great piece of mind.”
Ray Wicks, of Etcetera, put in an application for the defibrillator.
SWC Security have supplied the heavy duty external case to protect the unit while Advanced Electrical Ltd provided the electrical installation, and electrical wholesalers, Newey & Eyre, sponsored the electrical materials required. Flair Property Maintenance dealt with the installation.
The unit will be maintained by Wisbech Town Council.
Mr Wicks says a number of volunteers in the town centre will be undergoing training to use the equipment.
He said: “I understand that cardiac arrests are fairly frequent in the central part of Wisbech.
“Hopefully this isn’t going to be used too often, but if it is called upon it could save a life.”
In the case of an emergency, the ambulance service will provide a code to get into the cabinet and talk through the use of the defibrillator.
Mayor Mr Hodgson was pleased to unveil the defibrillator during a ceremony on Tuesday.
He said: “This is very special for this town and the defibrillator is in exactly the right spot.
“It is a good idea and I’d like to thank the people who supported the initiative.”
Each year there are more than 30,000 cardiac arrests recorded in homes and communities across the UK.