A 999 life-saver is now at hand in Silsden

Keighley News: St James’s Church priest the Reverend David Griffiths by the new defibrillator box with community first responders, from left, Ray Bolton, Simon Hunt, Sara Smith and Silsden mayor Councillor Chris Atkinson St James’s Church priest the Reverend David Griffiths by the new defibrillator box with community first responders, from left, Ray Bolton, Simon Hunt, Sara Smith and Silsden mayor Councillor Chris Atkinson

A new defibrillator has been installed in Silsden for use in medical emergencies.

The £1,000 machine can help to restore people’s heartbeats after a cardiac arrest.

The defibrillator is stored in a secure box on the outside wall of the community rooms at St James’s Church.

A person dialling 999 in an emergency will be given the combination for the box’s lock.

Silsden Town Council provided funding for both the defibrillator and the £600 security box.

The project was the brainchild of town councillor Lawrence Walton, who also organised training sessions for town residents. A council spokesman said the project had received unanimous support from other members.

Coun Walton added: “The first few minutes are vitally important before the ambulance arrives.

“This piece of equipment keeps people alive for those minutes.”

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