Blackpool’s two Asda supermarkets will be getting a defibrillator for public use in the next few weeks.
Staff at the stores, in Marton, will also be trained in CPR.
The defibrillators can be used by any member of the public to deliver an electric shock to the heart if someone is having a cardiac arrest. The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest fall by 10 per cent for every minute without CPR and defibrillation.
Kate Main, from Asda’s community team, said: “It can take a number of minutes for an ambulance to reach one of our stores in response to an emergency like a cardiac arrest.
“Providing defibrillators could significantly cut the amount of time a cardiac arrest sufferer has to wait for CPR and defibrillation, giving them the best possible chance.”