Members of the public were invited to attend a community defibrillator awareness session at Longwood Boat Club in Aldridge.

Whilst defibrillators are easy to use it is great that members of this group are better prepared in the event of an emergency. 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. Providing an essential and potentially life-saving, stage in the treatment of anyone suffering a cardiac arrest, defibrillators are easy to operate with step-by-step instructions for members of the public to use in an emergency.

Our awareness courses are designed to demonstrate just how easy it is to use a defibrillator but also show how to access one in an emergency. The session allows for questions and aims to offer reassurance and structure in what can be an extremely stressful time

The boat club is also home to a defibrillator which is located on an external wall and available to the community 24/7. The defibrillator is registered with the local ambulance service and anyone needing access to it should call 999 in the first instance.