A KEIGHLEY gym has invested in two defibrillators.

The lifesaving devices have been installed on different floors of NRGym, in Greengate Road.

Nick Hindle, the gym’s co-owner, said the health and wellbeing of members was of paramount importance.

“It’s not always about re-investing just into the fabric of the gym or more ‘toys’,” he added.

“On-site defibrillators can save precious treatment time and greatly improve the survival odds of anyone suffering a cardiac arrest, because they can be utilised before emergency service personnel arrive.

“These devices have a proven track record of helping to save lives. They can literally mean the difference between life and death.

“Of the sudden cardiac arrest deaths that occur each year, more than 95 per cent of the victims die before they reach the hospital.

“But when care is provided within five to seven minutes, including early treatment with a defibrillator, survival rates improve dramatically.”

Mr Hindle said all staff had been trained by St John Ambulance in how to use the devices.

“We’ve purchased one defibrillator for the weights floor and another for our functional floor,” he added.

“God willing we will never have to use them, but just in case we’re as prepared as best we can be.

“Big thanks go to the guys at St John for the training – they were brilliant.”

NRGym includes three floors of hammer strength equipment and cardiovascular machinery.

Tribute was paid earlier this year when the gym helped a former army captain severely injured in Iraq to prepare for a gruelling global challenge.

Ibrar Ali successfully tackled seven marathons on seven continents in as many days.

He had joined the gym a year earlier as part of his training.