1. ITV Report

Rotherham libraries to loan out life saving equipment in pilot project

A plan to get everyone in Yorkshire trained in life saving CPR moved a step closer today, after libraries in Rotherham took delivery of training kits for the public to borrow.

The kits, which contain resuscitation dummies, a practice defibrillator and a DVD explaining how to use them are the first of their kind.

They can be accessed by community groups who can then teach their members how to save the life of a person who has had a heart attack outside hospital.

There are 7,000 community defibrillators across Yorkshire.

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The project has been delivered in partnership with British Heart Foundation, which is funding community training kits for 15 libraries.

The first five defibrillators will be placed outside:

  • Rawmarsh Library
  • Kimberworth Library
  • Greasborough Library
  • Maltby Service Centres
  • Thorpe Hesley Library

Every year 30,000 people in the UK have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but the survival rate is less than 1 in 10.

British Heart Foundation says it wants to create a nation of lifesavers by providing vital lifesaving skills for the young and old.

For more information on how to get involved click here.