Primary school gets a defibrillator

Member of staff Janet Smith with the defibrillator that is now in place at Northburn Primary School in Cramlington.
Member of staff Janet Smith with the defibrillator that is now in place at Northburn Primary School in Cramlington.

A useful device that saves lives is now in place at Northburn Primary School in Cramlington.

The funding for the defibrillator was provided by Coun Wayne Daley.

It will add to the school’s already extensive first aid expertise, with many staff holding a first aid certificate.

Deputy headteacher Tony Hall, one of the six staff to receive the training from Northern Training Partnership, said: “This new acquisition will help safeguard staff, parents and pupils, as well as members of the Northburn community who use the site for evening activities.”

The device talks to a user once switched on to ensure key steps can be easily followed.

Janet Smith, who also did the training, said: “I was surprised by how easy it was to use.

“The defibrillator is a vital resource as it increases the chance of saving someone who has stopped breathing.”