But have you done the training?
We are truly fortunate in Feniton to be the proud owners of two defibrillators.
Of course, we sincerely hope that we will never need to use them, but they are there ready to be used in the event of a life-threatening emergency.
One, installed on the fence at Feniton Primary School, has been there for a couple of years, but there is now one in the old part of the village on the wall of the Village Hall annex. Both are strategically placed to be accessed quickly.
It is vital therefore that as many members of the community as possible are trained in basic CPR and use of the defibrillator.
There are roughly 1500 adults in Feniton and there are about 30 people who have been trained to use the defibrillators over a couple of sessions.
We need far more than that!
If a defibrillator is used within 3 to 5 minutes of a cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from 6% to 74%. It is vital therefore that people come forward to run through the basic drill of what you need to do.
There is nothing scary about it and you need no previous medical training to help save a life.
On Monday evening, about 15 of us undertook the training in the village school. It was fun and informative at the same time. The training was run by Sarah Dormor, senior resuscitation officer at Plymouth Derriford Hospital. Sarah also volunteers for Heartswell (www.heartswell.org.uk) and goes out into communities, such as ours, and trains people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR, which is the first thing you need to learn if you come across someone who has had a heart attack.
She warned us not to rely on what we see on Casualty or Holby City as that is very different to reality!!
So how about it?
If you’re interested in attending a course … let Alison, our parish clerk know by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to one of the parish councillors.
The commitment to the training is for 2 hours on a single evening … and that commitment might just be enough to save a life.