Fareham-based operator Lucketts Travel has installed a defibrillator outside the front of its head office.
The potentially life-saving device has been installed to benefit locals; should anyone in the community suffer a cardiac arrest, the machine could improve their chances of survival.Sta
ff members have been trained on how to use the machine, although it is available to be used by any first responder.
When a 999 call is received, first responders are given a code which allows entry into its weatherproof casing – and are then given instructions on how to use it.
David Luckett, Chairman, is a public governor for South Central Ambulance Service, and says having a defibrillator nearby can make all the difference in certain scenarios: “When someone has a cardiac arrest, the quicker resuscitation starts the better their chances of survival.
“That’s why we were so keen to get a defibrillator and it’ll be available 24/7. While we hope it won’t ever be needed, it’s reassuring to know it’s there just in case.”
Local heart charity, Wessex Heartbeat, welcomed the decision. Chief Executive John Munro said: “This is a fantastic idea and we’re thrilled to see Lucketts has taken the initiative to install a defibrillator on its premises.
“We’ve seen first-hand the difference this piece of life-saving equipment can make.”