Calling out for more life-saving equipment in Rasen
Over the past four years, members of Market Rasen Town Council has been working to provide easily accessible defibrillators throughout the town - and the latest is in Willingham Road, next to De Aston field.
Commonly known as ‘defibs’, the portable devices can save the life of someone in cardiac arrest.
He said: “When we started our campaign four years ago there were no defibs accessible to the public.
“We are now well served by the ones the town council has worked to provide in partnership with West Lindsey and thankful to those organisations who have now made their equipment available by repositioning them on external walls to make them accessible to all.
“I was determined to get one at this end of the town and this means they are now well spaced from the Rugby Club to the cricket club, which is all good for our community.”
The access code to the equipment is given once a 999 call is made.
While full instructions are given when the device is activated, free training is currently available for using the equipment by contacting the town clerk.
Stephen Bunney, who serves as both a town councillor and a district councillor for Market Rasen, is keen to see more even communities benefit from having defibrillators.
He said: “If a small community or group in any outlying area of the district is struggling to get a defibrillator get in touch with their district councillor, who may be able to help with some financial support.”
Across the West Lindsey area, 80 defibrillators are now in place through the partnership scheme, which is part of a five-year funding project running until March 2023,
Cllr Owen Bierley, chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at West Lindsey District Council, said: “The health and wellbeing of our communities is always a massive priority for the council, and always will be.
“Investing in easily accessible, ready, fully functioning defibs, available in the most rural and difficult to reach places within our communities, is a necessary and vital step to allow local residents safe and ready emergency equipment within their reach.
“I am extremely proud of the work being done with this project, and I am excited to witness its growth further.”
Location of town defibrillators
Festival Hall in Caistor Road
Market Rasen Football & Cricket Club, Gallamore Lane
Market Rasen Post Office/Co-op
Masonic Hall in Jameson Bridge Street
Peter Rhodes in Linwood Road
Market Rasen Primary School,
De Aston School
Bridge McFarland Solicitors in the Market Place
Market Rasen Golf Club
Market Rasen Bowls Club
Market Rasen Racecourse
Police Station/Fire Station in Linwood Road
Fletcher Court in Mill Road
De Aston Field, Willingham Road