Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – 10.50am – Chris Kowalik.
Members of a north Shropshire football club swapped training on the pitch for some training in saving lives.
FC Oswestry Town officials were taught by West Midlands Ambulance in how to give CPR and use a defibrillator, a device that could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.
The training took place at The Black Lion, the club’s main sponsor.
The defibrillator will follow the team on match-days, otherwise it will stay at the pub.
FC Oswestry Town is the latest organisation to get a defibrillator. West Midlands Ambulance Service is encouraging all community-based groups and clubs to get one.
The British Heart Foundation has been given £1million by the Department of Health to offer free defibrillators and CPR training to communities across England. As your local ambulance service we’ll support your application.
If you have somewhere which is accessible to the public and are committed to training your local community, visit http://www.bhf.org.uk/defibs to apply for a free defibrillator.
Pictured left to right: Matt Williams (Assistant Manager, FC Oswestry Town), Ian Jones (Chairman, FC Oswestry Town), Terry Foster (Community Paramedic Officer), Terry Rogers (landlord of The Black Lion and FC Oswestry Town player), and Nick Maguire (FC Oswestry Town First Team Manager).
Note to media: Do not replace the words “cardiac arrest” with “heart attack”.