TRAFFIC police in the Chester area have been given defibrillator machines to help save lives at accident scenes.
Sixteen machines were given to Cheshire Police Roads Policing Unit by the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), who will train officers to use them.
Experts say the new equipment could significantly boost someone’s chance of survival if they go into cardiac arrest after a collision.
The new machines were due to be fitted to patrol vehicles yesterday.
Roads Policing Inspector Richard Hill said: “Acting quickly when someone is in cardiac arrest is critical, and as police officers are often the first on the scene at major collisions where somebody’s life is in danger.
“We are extremely grateful to NWAS for the donation they have made. Defibrillators can be the difference between life and death, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by 10 per cent.”
Community Resuscitation Development Officer Nicholas Blair, of NWAS, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with our colleagues at Cheshire Police on this programme.
“Police officers are exposed to challenging environments where there is an increased likelihood of a medical emergency occurring. They are also high profile patrolling resources that can make a swift intervention prior to the arrival of an ambulance.”