Phone box and lives saved - in one project!
A disused BT phone box has been rescued by Barnstaple Town Council and put to productive use as a home for a life-saving defibrillator.
The phone box in Pilton Street, Barnstaple has been adopted by the Town Council at a cost of £1, and following repainting now houses one of a new generation of defibrillators which can be used by any member of the public in an emergency.
Town Clerk Will Austin said “Councillors brought this proposal forward a few months ago after hearing about an innovative scheme that safeguards our traditional red phone boxes and puts them to community use. We have obtained grant funding for three life-saving defibrillators, two of which will be installed in the town centre. Councillors felt strongly that Pilton Street ought to be the third site as it is vulnerable during Green Man Day, when access by emergency services is severely restricted and there are large crowds. The defibrillator is safe to use and will not deliver a life-saving shock unless it is needed. The first step would always be to call 999, and an emergency service advisor will then be on hand to give step-by-step instructions.”
The remaining two defibrillators are expected to be installed in public locations in the town centre shortly, and will be placed so that one is never more than five minutes away from an incident in the centre. They are housed in a tough, anti-vandal steel casing and will be inspected weekly to ensure they are fully operational.
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