Defibrillators at Shropshire’s rowing clubs

Monday 12th October 2015 – 4pm – Chris Kowalik.

By the end of the month, all of Shropshire’s rowing clubs will have a vital piece of lifesaving machinery.

Pengwern Boat Club and Shropshire Adventure Rowing Club both based in Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth Rowing Club have become the latest sporting venues to have defibrillators. Next week Ironbridge Rowing Club’s members will be visited by West Midlands Ambulance Service who will train them in giving CPR and using the machine which could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.
Emergency Medical Technician Dawn Lewis who has been involved in providing the training said: “When I offered a defibrillator to the clubs they all thought it was a great idea and they all accepted immediately.”

Defibrillator at Pengwen Rowing Club - Sue Kapitanec, Chris Jarratt, Darn Lewis

Pictured left to right: Sue Kapitanec (paramedic), Chris Jarratt (Pengwern Boat Club), Dawn Lewis (Technician). Picture: West Midlands Ambulance Service.

It follows the release earlier this year of a film produced by drpvideo entitled “Pull Through” which recalls the story of Ian Hough, 59, who suffered a cardiac arrest at Stourport Regatta in Worcestershire in August 2011. His life was saved thanks to the presence of defibrillator at the club on the day.

To see the film, search for “Pull Through NHS” on youtube, or visit

Defibrillator at Pengwern Rowing Club - Chris Jarratt, Sue Kapitanec, Dawn Lewis, rower

Picture: West Midlands Ambulance Service


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