Students and staff at Darlington College have been handed life-saving gifts recently in the form of three defibrillators

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A group of our first aiders trained to use the defibrillators

The devices have been located in three locations across the Haughton Road campus.

Peter Jones, Site Services Manager, said the devices would support staff, students, and visitors to the college, enhancing the survival chances of anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

He said: “They put us in the best possible situation to save someone’s life and it puts the college in a unique situation in terms of care and safety.”

They will be located in the main college care room, the Personal Protection Equipment Portal and in the College Sports Centre.

Many large organisations across Darlington have realised the benefits of having defibrillators on the premises.

The college has approximately 50 trained First Aiders on site but Peter’s vision is to have every member of staff trained to use the devices over the next few years.

“It’s an ambitious target but we know the devices are very straightforward to use and First Aiders will be trained up, and then hopefully that training can spread across all staff,” he said.

Kate Roe, college principal, said: ““We all hope it’s never needed but if it is, the time saved by not having to wait for an ambulance will make all the difference between life and death as every second counts when in that type of situation.”

With the help of former Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba, The British Heart Foundation recently submitted a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to Number 10 Downing Street, calling for life-saving skills to be taught in all schools in England.

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