Wilton town centre has the first defibrillator now installed in the Market Square.
The Rotary Club of Wilton had presented a cheque to previous Mayor of Wilton Cllr Philip Matthews in February to fund the life-saving equipment, although the exact siting of the unit had not been decided.
With the support of Jonathan Greening, Pastor of Wilton Baptist Church, permission was granted to erect the special cabinet on the wall of the church. To mark completion of the project, members of Wilton Council met at the site to bring the important facility to the attention of the community.
Current Mayor of Wilton, Cllr Peter Edge (pictured centre with Trevor Batchelder, past Mayor, Councillors Ivan Seviour, Phil Matthews, and Charlotte Blackman, Rev Jonathan Greening and Richard Cory, President of the Rotary Club of Wilton). It was the wish of Trevor Batchelder, during his term as Mayor, and the town council that two defibrillators were provided in the town. He said they were delighted the Rotary Club had been able to donate the first one from their fundraising activities.
More funds have been set aside towards installation of the second apparatus at the Community Centre before long. The supplier of the defi brillator, Community Heartbeat Trust, worked with Rotary to provide defibrillators in other communities across the country to ensure their installation and maintenance are undertaken with the best equipment and in accordance with best practice.
Cardiac arrest, which affects 1 in 1000 adults annually, needs time-critical treatment and the new equipment, which can be used by an aware public, can save lives before attention in hospital.
Public awareness training sessions giving advice on how to operate the defibrillator are being arranged with the first session at Wilton Town Council Chamber on January 30, at 7pm.