Residents of Moulton Seas End can feel a little bit safer following the purchase of a defibrillator for the village by the parish council.
The kit was bought after fundraising by resident Vera Angelo and district councillors Anthony Casson, Rodney Grocock and Andrew Woolf.
The potentially life saving piece of equipment can be used for young and old alike.
A parish council spokesman said: “Sudden cardiac arrest knows no boundaries but no matter where or when it strikes, early use of a defibrillator can help save lives.
“If you think someone is having a cardiac arrest the first course of action is to phone 999 to ensure an ambulance is on its way.
“The operator will ask your name, contact number and location. The defibrillator is in a yellow cabinet on the outside wall of the village hall.
“The operator will give you the code for the cabinet. Type this into the keypad and the cabinet will open to give you access to the defibrillator. Follow the step by step instructions on how to use the defibrillator on the victim.”
The defibrillator is designed to deliver a shock only if it determines a heart needs it. It will not shock a victim who doesn’t need it nor will it shock the person trying to help.
During cardiac arrest, the normally organised electrical impulses that initiate the heartbeat discharge chaotically, and the heart muscle twitches spasmodically.
The defibrillator applies a brief pulse of electrical current to a heart, allowing the heart’s normal electrical system to resume control.
Should you wish to know more about how the defibrillator works there is a training session on April 21 at 6.30 pm in Moulton Seas End village hall, organised by a member of East Midlands Ambulance Service.
For further information contact the clerk or any parish councillor.