Saturday, 22 September 2018

£1,500 defibrillators installed in villages

THREE community defibrillators have been installed in Bix and Assendon.

THREE community defibrillators have been installed in Bix and Assendon.

The devices, which cost £1,500 each, have been installed outside Bix village hall, the Golden Ball pub in Lower Assendon and the Rainbow pub in Middle Assendon.

They were paid for by the parish council, Oxfordshire County Council, South and Vale District Council, Bix Common Field Holders and residents.

Each defibrillator is stored in a green box connected to the electricity supply and is accessible using an emergency code.

Brakspear has offered to pay for the electricity costs for the devices at the two pubs, which it owns.

South Central Ambulance Service has held training sessions for locals to learn how to activate a defibrillator.

More than 30 residents attended a session at the village hall on Tuesday given by Steve Cartwright, from the ambulance service.

Mr Cartwright said: ?Today is not about teaching you how to use a defibrillator because the machine will tell you what to do. It?s about taking away your fear of using one.? Other training sessions were held at the pubs.

Lisbeth Thiesen, who chairs Bix and Assendon Parish Council, said: ?We put them in because they will save lives and we were requested to do so by parishioners.

?It was a good turnout to the training session and Steve was on form, as always.?

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