Tuesday 29th September 2015 – 3.30pm – Claire Brown.
A charity specialising in restoring and cherishing vintage trains is running on shocks as well as steam thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Vintage Trains in Tyseley, Birmingham, is one of Britain’s leading main line steam train excursion companies. As well as excursions, it restores some of the oldest steam trains in the country.
Ben Mason from Vintage Trains, said: “With visitor numbers to our workshop hitting 5,000 during one of our open weekends and with up to 400 passengers on each excursion, we were keen to ensure we had equipment on hand to help in an emergency.
“Thanks to WMAS we’ve now got two defibrillators and our first aiders have also been trained in CPR and how to use the device. One defibrillator will stay on site at the workshop whilst the other will be on board a train for each excursion.”
Andy Jeynes, Community Response Manager, said: “With the average train enthusiast aged over 50 its common sense for Vintage Trains to think about their health and safety. The defibrillator is so easy to use and really can make a difference between life and death in cardiac arrest cases.”
Pictured (left to right): Andy Jeynes and Ben Mason.