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Market may be place for defibrillators

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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A PROPOSAL to install defibrillators at South Molton pannier market has gone before the town's council.

In the public participation part of South Molton's town council meeting on March 25, resident Marc Cornelius asked the council to consider buying at least one of the devices.

Councillor Rachel McCool pointed out that people wouldn't know how to use the machines, a claim disputed by Mr Cornelius.

He said: "That's total and utter nonsense, automated defibrillators could be used by children."

Mr Cornelius told the council that when having a heart attack using a defibrillator could increase chances of survival by 50%.

Councillor Stephen Lock reminded members that the town had a number of first responders who may expose themselves to being sued in the event a defibrillator was used incorrectly.

The pannier market was suggested by Mr Cornelius as the best site for such a device due to the large number of visitors and its central location in the town.

He said: "Although all ambulances and community first responders have defibrillators, it is a pretty sure bet that they are going to take at least five minutes to reach the victim."

Councillors approved seeking professional advice on the issue.

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