All hands on in All Stretton

Friday 28th November 2014 – 3.15pm – Chris Kowalik.

Another area of the Shropshire Hills is about to get a vital piece of lifesaving equipment.

A defibrillator, a device that could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest, is due to be fitted outside All Stretton Village Hall, thanks to donations and support from the former All Stretton Amateur Football Club, Shropshire Council, British Heart Foundation and local residents. This is in addition to another community defibrillator due in nearby Church Stretton in the New Year.

Training for the device in All Stretton will be provided by West Midlands Ambulance Service in the Village Hall at 9.45am on Sunday 7th December. Following the training session, the defibrillator will ‘go live’ that same day, ready for use in the event of a cardiac arrest and while an emergency ambulance vehicle is en-route.

David Williets, Secretary of the All Stretton Village Society, said: “All Stretton is located in a designated Area of Natural Beauty so, not surprisingly, attracts a significant number of walkers, hikers, cyclists and others who pass by the Village Hall to visit the adjacent hills and valleys. The new defibrillator is thus well-placed to be accessible to both residents and visitors.”

Dawn Bush, Community Defibrillation Facilitator with West Midlands Ambulance Service who will run the training session said: “I will teach volunteers how to do CPR and use the defibrillator. Anyone can learn this basic yet vital lifesaving skill. Using the defibrillator is easy. It even talks to you and tells you what to do.”

If you would like to learn how to save a life, contact David Williets on 01694 722112 or d.williets@virgin.net.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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