Dunton Parish Council is pleased to report that it has installed a defibrillator on the outside of Dunton Memorial Hall. The machine is registered with the ambulance service and the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. A weekly routine maintenance check is made on the machine by a local resident who then passes the information onto the Community HeartBeat Trust (CHT).
Community HeartBeat Trust is a registered charity and works with the ambulance service to provide community awareness sessions. A two hour training session, designed to give basic instruction, answer questions and create confidence was held on 12th March in Dunton Memorial Hall and around twenty local residents attended.
However, the UK Resuscitation Council guidelines indicate that community defibrillators should be able to be used by members of the public with or without formal training. This is because the equipment is very easy to be used, and when you call 999, the ambulance service operator will stay on the telephone to assist you. The equipment is also designed to talk to you and tell you what to do. You cannot make a mistake when using the defibrillator - just follow the instructions being given.
For more information please contact the Charity via the web site www.communityheartbeat.org.uk