DEFIBRILLATORS have been installed in two Fylde coast supermarkets to help attend to customers suffering cardiac arrests.
The Asda stores in Blackpool and Fleetwood are among 39 in the North West to have been fitted with the automated external defibrillators (AEDs), in a project backed by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).
The AEDs are equipped with an internal computer and automated voice, which guides users through every step, making them usable by anyone.
Staff in the stores have already received training in how to use the machines by NWAS staff.
Kevin Norman, store manager at Asda Blackpool, said: “Supermarkets get thousands of people through their doors each week and like any other public place there can be rare occurrences of cardiac arrests. We’re pleased we can help make a difference by putting a defibrillator in our store so colleagues, communities and emergency services have access to this life-saving equipment.”
Mary Whyman, chairman of NWAS, said: “This is an extremely positive step taken by Asda and we welcome its partnership.”