Elsea Park trust installs defibrillator in Bourne

Graeme Parrott with the Elsea Park Community Trust EMN-140808-125146001
Graeme Parrott with the Elsea Park Community Trust EMN-140808-125146001
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Elsea Park Community Trust has commissioned an automatic external defibrillator at The Centre at Elsea Park in Bourne.

With Elsea Park now having about 1,000 homes, and the new school about to open, the trust board felt the time was right to invest in this life saving equipment for the benefit of the community.

The defibrillator has been funded through the annual fee paid by property owners on the development for the maintenance of the centre.

Trust manager Barry Cook said that during a conversation with police community support officer Graeme Parrott, he was surprised to find that none of the existing public access defibrillators in Bourne are available 24/7 as most are in buildings that are closed outside business hours.

The trust approached Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service, known as Lives, which advised the trust to install the life-saving piece of equipment on an external wall in a secure cabinet.

GIDA Construction, which is building the new Elsea Park school, heard about the project, and their electricians installed and commissioned the equipment free of 

Lives will train a group of residents in the use of the defibrillator, though the equipment is designed to be used by anyone, even if they have not been trained.

In the event of a 999 call in the area, the caller will be told the cabinet access code for the nearest defibrillator.

Barry said: “The trust hopes the defibrillator is never used in anger but any potential life saver can rest assured that there is no possibility of ever making the situation worse.”