School defibrillator is there for community

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The Buckingham School has taken delivery of a public access defibrillator.

Emergency medical dispatcher and cardiac arrest survivor Chris Solomons and Clive Setter from HeartSafe/AED, which provides defibrillator cabinets to communities, presented the school with the life-saving device.

The defibrillator has been positioned outside the school’s main reception for the community to use to treat sudden cardiac arrest.

Anyone who needs to access the defibrillator in an emergency calls 999 and the operator will give them a key code to open the box.

Headteacher Angela Wells said: “Having access to defibrillators in the community is vital and we feel honoured to be presented with this life-saving piece of equipment.

“In return, we would like it to be used as a community public access defibrillator.

“Hopefully, we can help raise the awareness throughout Buckingham of the importance of knowing where community defibrillators are located and also the awareness for CPR training.”

In December 2014, Buckingham School student Will Edgar-Gibson collapsed in a PE lesson and quick-thinking fellow students Chris Collins and Matt Grenham helped save his life. Together with assistant headteacher Matt Wardle, they provided CPR until the air ambulance arrived.