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Posted by Pat Edwards.



Could you save a life? Hopefully after last evenings opportunity to learn CPR and how to use Kirknewton's newly installed Portable Defibrillator, anyone who may have suffered a heart attack, or cardiac arrest, now has a better chance of survival thanks to First Responders.

The evenings training was lead by members of the North East Ambulance Service First Responders, Mark and Billy. They gave excellent, and clear instruction on the many aspects that could be encountered when dealing with an emergency situation. Their teaching was given alongside practical demonstrations on how to administer CPR and how to use the Defibrillator.

Four "Dummies" were available for everyone to have a go at mouth to mouth resuscitation, and CPR, with Mark and Billy alongside to instruct and guide.
Given the small size of our community, 20 local residents went home wiser, more aware, and grateful for this opportunity to "Save and Life".

The Defibrillator which is located in the entrance hall (fixed to the wall) to the left as you enter the Village Hall, was purchased with a grant from the British Hear Foundation.

Our thanks to Mark and Billy for their excellent, and friendly instruction.
Thank you Tony (Reed-Jones) who organised the evening, and to Helen and helpers for the refreshments.
Also thank you to all who came along. Kirknewton will in the future be in a better position to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency.

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