The Beacon gets first fixed defibrillator

The Beacon has been given its first fixed defibrillator thanks to the Eastbourne Area Community First Responders.

The life-saving equipment has been installed next to Holland & Barrett, so it is accessible for members of the public to use on someone suspected of being in cardiac arrest.

Richard Bradford, Team Leader for the Eastbourne Area Community First Responders, said: “The equipment is easy to use and will save lives. We will continue to fund raise as we would like to install more of these in The Beacon.”

Bill Plumridge, Manager of The Beacon, said: “I would like to thank the Community First Responders for installing our first fixed defibrillator. By using this equipment, the chance of someone surviving a cardiac arrest is dramatically increased.”

In Eastbourne, a total of 57 defibrillators have been made available to the public, thanks to the Eastbourne Heart Beat Campaign which includes the First Responders, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Lions Club.

Eastbourne Area Community First Responders provides free emergency life support training. For further information visit heartstarteastbourne.co.uk