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Blackpool Rangers Junior Football Club make life-saving signing

by Ian Mitchelmore. Published Wed 24 Apr 2013 12:34

Blackpool Rangers Junior Football Club have added a life-saving addition to their young squad of talented footballers.

The Club have invested in automated external defibrillators (AED) as part of the British Heart Foundation's Heart Start Initiative to improve a cardiac arrest patient's chance of survival.

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has trained 20 youth coaches to use the AEDs and given training with how to perform CPR.

The volunteer-run club which coaches over 200 players aged from five to 16 years old thought it was vital to get the life-saving equipment on board.

Phil Baggaley, Senior Paramedic with NWAS, and a club coach, said: "We thought that it was really important to have this piece of equipment onsite.

"All of our coaches undertook the training which was extremely well received.

"It gave everyone the opportunity to practice the vital skills which could possibly help to save someone's life."

The training has raised the players' and coaches' awareness of cardiac arrests and the equipment could prove to be one of the club's most important signings.

Chris Hyde, Community Resuscitation Development Officer, said: "I am really pleased the Club and NWAS have worked together in placing this AED.

"When someone goes into cardiac arrest it is vital to recognise the emergency, dial 999 and start CPR.

"In addition to this, the most effective treatment is to use an AED.

"The machine is so simple to operate, it tells the user exactly what to do, and it cannot harm the patient by unnecessarily shocking them."

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