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FIRE cadets in Irlam have been raising money to buy a life-saving piece of equipment for the community.
On Saturday, April 4, 2015, the Irlam Community Fire Cadets attended Tesco in Irlam to fundraise for a Community Automated External Defibrillator.
A defibrillator is used in conjunction with CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and is a vital piece of first-aid equipment when dealing with a cardiac arrest.
CPR will help keep oxygen flowing to the brain and vital organs but only the electric shock of a defibrillator will rectify the heart’s irregular rhythm.
Irlam Firefighter Lewis Jeffery said: "The cadets at Irlam Fire Station have received Heartstart training as part of their programme and they all felt that the two-hour session gave them confidence and a better understanding of how to deal with someone having a cardiac arrest.
"They had never used a defibrillator before but after training with it they realised how important it is.
"Irlam Fire Station is very much at the heart of the community and although ourselves, the Ambulance Service and Police all work from this location, there may come a time when we’re all out in the area so having a defibrillator at the front of the station and accessible to members of the community is really important. This early intervention can provide valuable life-saving minutes until medics arrive.
"The few hours spent at Tesco saw the cadets raise £404 towards the community defibrillator and also gave us chance to speak to people about fire safety."