A LIFE-SAVING defibrillator has been officially unveiled in Delph as the village became the latest in Saddleworth to have the crucial equipment installed for public use.
Housed in a bright yellow cabinet on the outside wall of Delph Library, the defibrillator can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by the public.
It can be opened and used with assistance over the phone from a paramedic to improve the chance of survival after someone has suffered a cardiac arrest.
No training is needed as the machine provides instructions, carries out a diagnosis, applies the appropriate level of charge and then analyses the results, repeating if necessary.
Defibrillators have been installed across Saddleworth over recent months after former Parish Councillor Alan Roughley worked with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) on the project.
And Delph Community Association (DCA) are delighted theirs is now in place and fully operational, should it ever need to be used.
Phillida Shipp, chair of the DCA, said: “I was very keen for it to happen and we’re very pleased. Millgate Arts Centre were very keen to help us get it in place.
“Alan Roughley looked around the area with NWAS to try to locate a suitable building. We thought it could be placed on the doctors’ clinic or the pub but that didn’t work out.
“But we’ve found a good place here at the library as it is undercover and there is a lit directly above it so people can easily see what they are doing.”
Phillida will be the ‘support guardian’ responsible for checking the defibrillator once a week to ensure its battery has not run down, and there has been no vandalism or tampering.
Defibrillators have also been installed at Denshaw Village Hall, The Three Crowns at Scouthead, Uppermill Civic Hall, Tame Valley Tennis and Squash Club in Greenfield, Christ Church Friezland Church Hall, The White Hart at Lydgate, Lido House in Grotton, Lees Library and Delph Library.