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Defibrillators for every parish in the Roseland

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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PUBLIC access defibrillators will be installed in communities around the Roseland after thousands of pounds were raised.

In May the Roseland Surgeries Patients' Group (RSPG) decided to raise funds to install the machines in every parish.

This now totals £18,000, enabling the group to buy 15 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that will be stored outside, with coded access keypads.

The money was raised by donations from St Just Parish Council, the Laura Gates Charity, the Jubilee Committee, St Mawes Sailing Club, Driftwood, the St Just Institute, the AJ Allen Fund, the King Harry Ferry, the Roseland Festival and the Norman Family Trust, the Gawthorn Cardiac Trust and the Duchy Hospital Trust.

The RSPG and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are offering free three-hour first aid courses incorporating AED training for parishes that take delivery of the defibrillators.

Mrs Calton said: "There will then be a pool of volunteers in each of the locations able to use the AED, although the model chosen can be used by anyone as it tells you exactly what to do in an emergency.

"We wanted to offset some of the problems of access for the emergency services in the more remote areas of the peninsula due to narrow roads and congestion."

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  • paul_gale  |  December 14 2013, 6:22PM

    This is fantastic news, BUT! why is the Government charging 20% VAT on this life saving equipment? Come on David Cameron, lets have zero rating on all approved AED's now!

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  • paul_gale  |  December 14 2013, 6:18PM

    This is fantastic news, BUT! why is the Government charging 20% VAT on this life saving equipment? Come on David Cameron, lets have zero rating on all approved AED's now!

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