MP welcomes fire station's public-access defibrillator

Mon 12 Oct, 2015

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, was the special guest at the unveiling of a potentially life-saving piece of equipment at Newport Pagnell Fire Station on Friday (9 October).

It’s a public-access defibrillator, which has been mounted next to the entrance to the building in Wolverton Road.

If someone suffers a cardiac arrest, a defibrillator can deliver an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, allowing it to pump again.

Jason Thelwell, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, said: “Today we are taking another step towards achieving our aim of making Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the safest places in England.

“After someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by 10 per cent.

“Our job is to save lives in our community. Against the backdrop of a 10-year decline in the number of emergency incidents firefighters are being called to, we are continuing to find ways to help our local communities and save lives.”

Mr Lancaster said: “The defibrillator is very easy to use, it has a built-in video screen providing step-by-step instructions and with a further three units being installed at Broughton, Olney and Bletchley Fire Stations, it’s positive and certainly reassuring news for local residents.”

Twenty fire engines in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes already carry defibrillators, which can be used at an incident, at public events, during training or at the fire station, and another 14 vehicles will be carrying them by March next year.

Local community groups have already provided public-access defibrillators at Brill, Princes Risborough, Waddesdon and Winslow Fire Stations, and Newport Pagnell’s is one of six more being provided by Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority.

No training is required to use the defibrillator at Newport Pagnell Fire Station. It’s a Defibtech Lifeline View, supplied by Martek Lifecare, which has a built-in video screen providing step-by-step instructions.

The postcode location is MK16 8EL.

Picture: Mark Lancaster MP is pictured above with Chief Fire Officer Jason Thelwell (left) and Group Commander Ian Taylor (centre).