I was delighted today to officially mark the installation of a new community defibrillator at the Kepplegate Nursing Home in Preesall. The home had been raising funds to purchase one but instead Over Wyre Community First Responders donated one to the community, so a huge thank you to them. Kepplegate have now been able to donate the money they had raised to some great charities and local community groups. As you may know a defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival. If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest, it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Then you should find out if there is a defibrillator nearby. In my part of the constituency in Over Wyre there is a defibrillator outside St John’s C. of E. School in Pilling, one at Fleetwoods Charity C. of E. School in Preesall, one at St Oswalds Church, another at the police and fire station, and one at the Knott End Working Men’s Club. The defibrillators come with instructions and the 999 responders will also talk you through the process – please don’t be afraid of using one, you could save someone’s life by your swift action.