Telephone box defibrillators demonstrated

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A DEFIB Day in Steyning on Saturday will give residents the chance to learn vital life-saving skills.

Steyning Area First Responders (SAFER) has installed defibrillators in three telephone boxes in Bramber, Upper Beeding and Steyning.

The Defib Day has been organised to show people how to use a defibrillator, as well as providing some basic life-saving skills.

SAFER trustee Denis Cummings said: “We arranged for the installation of defibrillators in secure heated cabinets, inside each of these three telephone kiosks.

“This in turn provides access to a functioning defibrillator, which will save vital seconds and minutes when help is crucially needed. They are intended to save lives.”

The sessions will be held at Steyning Health Centre at 10am, 11am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Contact Stephanie Grant on 01903 816138 or email to book a place.

The SAFER charity was set up to provide emergency first response in the community when people call 999. The responders are trained to South East Coast Ambulance Service guidelines and they work closely with its technicians and paramedics.

All responders are equipped with defibrillators as part of their standard kit.

The team’s primary purpose is to attend life-threatening events to provide first aid as soon as possible and to sustain life until the ambulance arrives.