THE British Heart Foundation has helped a rural school to secure a defibrillator.
Carter’s Charity Primary School was keen to secure the potentially life-saving equipment due to its remote location in Over Wyre.
The defibrillator, which gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest, has been donated to school as part of a joint agreement with The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (The Buffs).
Staff at the school on Pilling Lane, Preesall, are now being trained up as first responders, to use the equipment.
Headteacher Brendan Hassett said: “We’re a fairly large school for this area but fairly remote, we’re 25 minutes from the nearest ambulance station in the case of an accident or emergency.
“There are a number of first responders locally who will have access to this equipment in their first line of ‘defence’ role.
“It’s another level of support for people in the community, ready for when it’s needed.”
The defibrillator is not intended solely for use by the school and will be available for use by members of the wider community around Over Wyre.
Mr Hassett added: “We’re a community school in the true sense of the word and this is being at the centre of it.”
The Buffs is a charitable fraternity who have offered schools across the region a chance to have a defibrillator donated to them, with some of the cost being met by the schools.
The defibrillator was presented to the school at a ceremony yesterday afternoon.