Brentwood Gazette found out how lifesaving equipment could be introduced to Billericay High Street in a joint initiative between the Street Pastors, the Community First Responders and the wider community.
Phil Norton, Billericay Street Pastor co-ordinator and Community First Responder (CFR), realised there was a need for a defibrillator on the High Street when he found the nearest publicly accessible one was at the railway station.
Funding is now required to purchase the machine, which delivers an electric shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Mr Norton"]They are really good but they have got to be on hand. A man was taken ill near Abbotts on the High Street recently, he had a heart attack. People were giving him CPR but he died. I am not saying if there was a defibrillator he would still be here, but if we had one it would give us the opportunity to save some lives.[/quote]
It is estimated to cost £1,500 to purchase the defibrillator and container to house it. Anyone will be able to use the defibrillator, which can be accessed by calling 999, where the operator will give a code to unlock the machine.
Mr Norton continued: "We are asking anyone that wants to help to chip in, such as local businesses which feel they want to sponsor something in the community."
The Street Pastors will be completing John Baron's Fun Walk and the money they raise through sponsorship will go towards the defibrillator.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by"]We will help with the training with the CFRs and look to train members of the public and shop staff – any one that wants to learn. They are really easy to use but you wouldn't want to open it up for the first time in an emergency.[/quote]
Anyone interested in helping fund the defibrillator should get in touch with Phil Norton, by e-mailing billericay@street pastors.org.uk finding them on Facebook or Twitter, or by writing to Street Pastors, St Mary Magdalen Church, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ.
Article and image sourced from Brentwood Gazette