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Dufton’s new defibrillator

First Responders Gary and Janice Hope, Wendy Swinbank and Sandie Watson. Caite and Phil Guest who are also First Responders could not be present for the photo
First Responders Gary and Janice Hope, Wendy Swinbank and Sandie Watson. Caite and Phil Guest who are also First Responders could not be present for the photo

A community public access defibrillator has recently been installed in the centre of Dufton attached to the front wall of the public toilets in the car park.

The number of visitors to Dufton has increased significantly this season, many people coming as a result of the TV programme that was aired earlier in the year in which Julia Bradbury extolled the virtues of a walk up High Cup.

Although there is an established First Responders Group in Dufton whose members have been called out to almost 50 incidents in the last couple of years, the new public access defibrillator will be a welcome addition to the equipment in the village that can be used to provide a rapid response to emergency situations.

The public access defibrillator was funded by the British Heart Foundation and the case was bought using money donated by the community to support the work of the First Responders Group. Eden District Council gave permission to site the defibrillator on the wall of the toilets and installed it free of charge.

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