The phrase “all hands to the pump” took on a new meaning at one Pendle micropub as it hosted a basic first aid session with defibrillators.
A dozen folk spent an evening pumping dummy chests at Boyce’s Barrel in New Market Street in Colne as they learned how to respond in situations such as cardiac arrest.
A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, young or old, at any time and is a leading cause of premature death but with immediate treatment lives can be savedNigel Hill
The familiarisation course was set up and run by North West Ambulance Service’s Community First Responders, volunteer members of the public who are trained and sent to emergencies in their local area by the ambulance service to give life-saving help and deal with a range of medical conditions prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
According to the NWAS, there are four first responders in the Colne and Foulridge area, four in Barnoldswick and four in Earby.
Nigel Hill, Community First Responder Team Leader for Colne and West Craven, said: “A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, young or old, at any time and is a leading cause of premature death but with immediate treatment lives can be saved.
“If someone suddenly goes into cardiac arrest it is vital to recognise the emergency, call 999 for an ambulance, start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and, if available, use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
“AEDs are portable and extremely easy machines to use as they include simple instructions of where to apply the pads on the patient which provides an electric shock through the chest to restore the hearts normal rhythm. The best chance of survival is if an AED is applied within the first five minutes of collapse.”
Defibrillators have been installed in busy public places in Colne such as at the Town Hall, Pendle Leisure Centre and the Muni. For further information on CFR volunteering, to arrange a community first aid course, including how to use a defibrillator, or to find out where your nearest defibrillator is located, go to www.nwas-responders.info.