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30 August 2016

Life-saving defibs at the heart of Cumbria’s communities

Heart Beat

More than 70 life-saving defibrillators are now available in communities across Cumbria thanks to a successful initiative by the county council.

The equipment is on hand in public places, making them easily accessible 24/7 for use in an emergency. A map showing where each defibrillator is located in Cumbria is available on the county council’s website at cumbria.gov.uk

?Locations where defibrillators can be found in a number of local fire stations, including: Alston, Ambleside, Appleby, Aspatria, Barrow, Bootle, Brampton, Broughton, Carlisle East, Carlisle West, Cockermouth, Coniston, Frizington, Grange, Keswick, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lazonby, Longtown, Millom, Milnthorpe, Penrith, Seascale, Sedbergh, Shap, Silloth, Ulverston, Whitehaven and Workington.


A defibrillator is a portable device which can help save someone’s life by restarting the heart after cardiac arrest. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation can reduce a victim's survival chances by ten per cent.

The defibrillators for Cumbria were secured jointly through a campaign launched by County Councillor Alan Barry during his year in office as Council Chairman and by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Safety team.

Stored in a locked cabinet, the defibrillators are accessed by calling 999, asking for the ambulance service, and getting the code from the North West Ambulance Service to open the cabinet door.

Councillor Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Public Safety and the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The council is committed to making Cumbria a safer place in a variety of ways and putting defibrillators in our communities is a great example of that work. Rapid treatment is critical to the survival chances of anyone suffering a cardiac arrest, so these defibrillators could literally mean the difference between life and death.”

Councillor Alan Barry said: “I’m passionate about raising money locally that will benefit local people going forward, which was one of the reasons why I launched the fund-raising campaign for defibrillators while I was county council chairman. I’m delighted there are so many life-saving defibrillators are now available in communities across Cumbria and I’d like to thank everyone who supported our campaign and helped raise funds for this important cause.”

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has run hundreds of HeartStart courses over the past ten years, teaching people across the county how to use a defibrillator and basic life-saving skills. HeartStart training can be booked by calling 0800 358 4777 or by emailing volunteers@cumbria.gov.uk



A map showing locations of defibrillators is available here: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/findmynearest/defibrillators.asp

Cabinets holding all the Community Public Access Defibrillators are locked to prevent unauthorised access with the code being given out by the emergency operator to the 999 caller when cardiac arrest symptoms are given.

Modern defibrillators provide verbal instructions on how to operate them and will only deliver a shock if they don’t detect a heartbeat - thereby ensuring they are not used in the wrong situations.


More than 70 life-saving defibrillators are now available in communities across Cumbria thanks to a successful initiative by the county council.