17 defibrillators were presented to local community groups thanks to £20,000 funding from Harrogate Borough Council and Harrogate Lions Club.
The defibrillators, known as PAD (Public Access Defibrillators), were acquired through the community defibrillator grants scheme aimed at supporting communities across the Harrogate district. A PAD allows 24-hour access to life-saving emergency equipment available when a cardiac arrest is suspected.
In March, a partnership group was established between the council, Harrogate Lions Club and Yorkshire Ambulance Service with £10,000 from the council's District Improvement Fund identified along with the same amount from the lions club.
The group identified areas in the Harrogate district that would benefit from a PAD due to their location and distance from accident and emergency, and welcomed applications from organisations, businesses and schools across the district.
On Monday 26 November the successful applicants received their PAD along with some advice and initial training on the use and checks of the equipment that will be no installed across the Harrogate district.
Councillor Sam Gibbs, who chairs Harrogate Borough Council's voluntary and community sector liaison group, said: “I am delighted that the borough council, in partnership with Harrogate Lions Club, has been able to provide these defibrillators to local communities.
"They can save lives, and whilst I hope they never have to be used, it is reassuring to know that so many are now out there across the district. I would also like to thank Yorkshire Ambulance Service for attending and giving demonstrations. It was great to see so many applications and I am hopeful that we will be able to do the same again next year."
James Mason, from Harrogate Lions Club, said: "Our members are immensely proud to have been able support and contribute to such a worthwhile scheme."
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