Lifesaving gear installed at school

Saint Aidan's pupils show off their new defibrillator with members of staff and fundraisers.

Saint Aidan's pupils show off their new defibrillator with members of staff and fundraisers.

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LIFE-SAVING equipment has been installed in a school as part of a Government push to help rural institutions cope in emergency situations.

A defibrillator – an instrument used to help revive people suffering heart attacks – has been set up at Saint Aidan’s Church of England Technology College, in Preesall, and staff are to be trained in its use.

John Armfield, assistant headteacher at the school on Cartgate, said: “Somebody who seems very healthy can just keel over and I was made aware there would be a Government push to get as many of these into large rural sites as possible.

“It’s something that will become more and more prevalent.”

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest.

Staff with first aid qualifications are to be trained in their use initially, but it is hoped in future even students at the school will be trained in using the equipment.

Mr Armfield said: “I’m led to believe they’re quite easy to use and they’re quite foolproof. We’ll keep ours in the main reception so it’s ready for us.”

The instruments have been partially funded by the Stalmine branch of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, a charitable organisation.

The branch eventually hopes to roll out defibrillators, which cost around £350 each, in other schools across rural Wyre.

Mr Armfield added: “They did it out of the blue and for them to raise that much money is great.

“They’re looking at other schools too because they think it’s a good way to give something back to the community, which it is.

“It’s fantastic.”

Bryan Holmes, senior lodge member at the branch, said: “We like to try and do things in our local area.

“You do get people that have heart problems and the ambulance could take at least 10 to 15 minutes to get to the school.

“The school are extremely pleased because they haven’t got the funds to do it.”

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