Blackburn firefighters use defibrillator to save man's life

FFirefighters Tanya Birtwell and John Riley with a defibrillator

FFirefighters Tanya Birtwell and John Riley with a defibrillator

First published in News

FIREFIGHTERS from Blackburn have praised life-saving equipment after using it for the first time.

John Riley and Tanya Birtwell leapt into action to help a collapsed man using a defibrillator, which offers immediate treatment for life-threatening heart conditions.

The pair were taking a break from first aid training at Blackburn Fire Station when they were called to help the man, in his 50s, in nearby Sumner Street.

John, 48, said: “We were doing a first aid course at the station and having a refresher on the defibrillator.

“At lunchtime, two men came and said they had found a man collapsed at the back of the station.

“He was showing symptoms of a heart attack.”

Mr Riley, who lives in Oswaldtwistle and has been a firefighter for 27 years, attached the machine to the man’s chest and gave him oxygen as an ambulance raced to the scene, at around 2.15pm on Sunday. He said: “One minute we were having lunch, the next minute we were shaving a man’s chest and sticking pads on him.”

It was the first time the defibrillator has been used since it was installed last year.

Mr Riley added: “The defib analyses the body and tells you what’s happened and does the actions by itself. It can shock if it needs to. It’s a good piece of kit we have only just started carrying.”

Although the machine can shock if it needs to, in an effort to correct an irregular heart beat, it did not administer a shock to the man, who was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital suffering from ‘chest pains’, an ambulance service spokesman said.

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9:13am Tue 15 Apr 14

Black Car Guy. says...

Hey well done. Just hope he is ok :).
Hey well done. Just hope he is ok :). Black Car Guy.
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4:11pm Tue 15 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

whoever invented this piece of cardiac kit should be knighted purely on the basis it has saved countless lives and many people still walking around have this ingenious gadget and its inventor to thank,
whoever invented this piece of cardiac kit should be knighted purely on the basis it has saved countless lives and many people still walking around have this ingenious gadget and its inventor to thank, noddy57
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7:30pm Tue 15 Apr 14

woolywords says...

noddy57 wrote:
whoever invented this piece of cardiac kit should be knighted purely on the basis it has saved countless lives and many people still walking around have this ingenious gadget and its inventor to thank,
Couldn't agree more.
I'd see them available wherever people congregate, as they are essential in saving life, within the 'Golden hour'.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: whoever invented this piece of cardiac kit should be knighted purely on the basis it has saved countless lives and many people still walking around have this ingenious gadget and its inventor to thank,[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I'd see them available wherever people congregate, as they are essential in saving life, within the 'Golden hour'. woolywords
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8:54am Wed 16 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

What's the difference between the long term unemployed and a fireman?
The fireman costs us tax payers much more money
What's the difference between the long term unemployed and a fireman? The fireman costs us tax payers much more money 2 for 5p ridesagain
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