Listers Volvo Worcester have installed a defibrillator machine within their dealership in a drive to save more lives, and improve life chances should a customer, employee or passer-by suffer a cardiac arrest.
Defibrillator machines are becoming more common in public places, but have yet to be installed in workplaces in significant numbers.
Their management team decided to invest in the machine in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service in a bid to make a difference should someone in the vicinity need assistance in the event of a cardiac arrest.
In 2014, West Midlands Ambulance Service launched a scheme to install 500 automatic external defibrillators across the region. The project has led to a near 10 per cent increase in the number of times a machine has been used in an incident.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “For every minute after the heart stop beating, your chance of survival drops by 10% so it is easy to see how important defibrillators are in the case of a cardiac arrest.”
“They are not difficult to use, even if you have had no training. So, we would urge everyone to make sure they know where their nearest defibrillator is as you never know when it might be your turn to try and save a life.”