HELP is at hand for heart attack victims after life-saving equipment was installed at the district council’s offices.
A new community defibrillator (AED) has been put up outside Elizabeth House on Church Street and will be available to use from this week.
People do not require training for the defibrillator, which can shock a person’s heart back into normal rhythm in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
The device can be used while an ambulance is en-route and increases somebody’s chances of survival from just five to 50 per cent.
It is hoped the AED could help save district council staff and people living, working, shopping or visiting nearby.
District council technical services spokesman, Mike Brain, said: “Community defibrillation can sometimes mean the difference between life and death when someone goes into cardiac arrest.
“That’s why it is so important to get these defibrillators out into the community.
“It’s great to see the district council playing its part in helping to save lives and it is something I have been campaigning for, for a long time.
“This is a great resource and I have no doubt it will help to save a life one day.”