There are now two life-saving defibrillators sited in Totnes town centre thanks to the town council, a heart charity and a generous local couple.
One of the defibrillator machineson the west side of Market Square, while the other is on the wall of the Royal Seven Stars Hotel, near the main entrance.
Now the town council is considering running a series of training sessions so that townspeople can learn where they are sited and how to use them.
The two machines have been supplied through a £1,000 grant accessed by the town council through the British Heart Foundation and a donation of £1,000 from Totnes couple Peter Durney and Alicia Carr-Durney. A campaign to secure defibrillator equipment for the town centre was launched by town councillor Marion Adams more than a year ago. This came after a medical emergency at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel, where a 61-year-old man collapsed with a heart attack.
Someone was forced to run to the Totnes Boating Association HQ on the other side of the river Dart to access the nearest defibrillator equipment and then run back with it.
The equipment saved the man’s life and he later underwent a heart operation.
The town council was looking into the BHF grant when Mr and Mrs Durney made their generous offer – and so the town ended up with two machines.
Both of the defibs have now been registered with the ambulance service. This means anyone in Totnes dialling 999 to report an emergency can be directed to the nearest defib if it is deemed necessary.
Meanwhile, town councillors are considering running training sessions to show people where the machines are and how they work.
They are also considering more intensive training sessions for volunteers, including the likes of shopkeepers who are near the defibs.