Keith Fromings the scheme co-ordinator for Forncett End received a call from Norfolk Traffic Police on the morning of May 6th. The call was to inform Keith that the defibrillator, which had been installed and funded by the local community had been deployed. They told Keith how impressed they, and the Ambulance Service were with the first-aiders that were first on scene to help the casualty.

A man had collapsed, falling from his bike and a bystander who witnessed the event went to give CPR. Another passing member of the public was aware that a community defibrillator was located nearby, they immediately went to the phone box, dialled 999 and were issued the code to retrieve the Defib from its housing. 

Unfortunately for the patient defibrillation was unsuccessful and they were not revived, but the ambulance crew, who arrived by helicopter, were incredibly impressed that the village had got itself a defib and commended the efforts of the first aiders on scene, stating that they had done everything possible and correctly to help the patient. 

The Community Heartbeat Trust had held a Cardiac Arrest Seminar only 7 days earlier.  


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