Life saving defibrillator training is given to town centre shoppers

Defibrillator and first aid training in Bedford town centre.
Defibrillator and first aid training in Bedford town centre.

Shoppers were given first aid training on how to use a defibrillator.

The life-saving piece of equipment has recently been installed outside Yates’s bar in Bedford’s High Street.

A community defibrillator.

A community defibrillator.

East of England Ambulance Service community partnership training officer Simon Marshall was in the town centre on Friday (May 9) to provide advice on how to use the defibrillator and demonstrate first aid training.

He said: “By educating the public and letting shoppers have a go at sing a defibrillator, people found this very helpful and said it gave them more confidence with using the devices.

“Training like this will also reduce people’s anxiety around using the defibrillators. The devices are very easy to use – once switched on, voice instructions are provided.”

The defibrillators installed in the community are housed in special cabinets.

Public access to the defibrillators is via a key code held by ambulance service and is given out when someone calls 999 about a cardiac arrest. Using this kind of device can make a vital difference in the first minutes of an emergency before a community first responder or an ambulance crew arrives.

Steve Catley, Beds and Herts Community Partnership Manager for ambulance service, said: “We are pleased to see these devices in the community. Having life-saving equipment with the patient within minutes of a cardiac arrest will better the chances of a patient’s survival.”

Posters of our community public access defibrillator campaign, which have information on community defibrillator locations, will be displayed in communities that already have one of the devices.

Visit to watch a video as well as see a directory to locate your nearest CPAD.