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First Aid for All: Biscuit factory gets to the heart of the matter

HEARYT EFFORT: From left, Jon Marriott, Alison Braun and Mazar Hussain at Foxs Biscuits. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

HEARYT EFFORT: From left, Jon Marriott, Alison Braun and Mazar Hussain at Foxs Biscuits. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

it’s crunch time for staff at a West Yorkshire biscuit factory who are getting to the heart of staying healthy.

The four lifesaving defibrillators, which have just been installed at Fox’s Biscuits, could be the difference between life and death.

Health and safety representative Alison Braun, who has worked at the factory for 40 years, was behind the scheme to have them fitted.

And staff have been trained to use the devices at the Batley site.

Alison said: “A friend of ours had a heart attack and died so we decided we would like to have a defibrillator installed.

“It can happen to anyone at any time but it is all about piece of mind for everyone.”

Jill Anderson from Fox’s added: “It is critical we have first aiders and it is one of those skills that you hope you never have to use.”

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach basic first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds.

Our First Aid For All campaign is giving readers the chance to learn lifesaving techniques to help them cope with emergencies – and our first course of the year starts on Monday.

Fred Owen, St John Ambulance regional training manager in the North East, said: “For each minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances of survival fall by up to 10 per cent.

“Survival rates increase more than 50 per cent if an AED is used within the first four minutes.

“Sadly at the age of 14, I witnessed my own father have a cardiac arrest and he didn’t survive. I often think if only I could have done more.

“I can’t think of any better reason to have an AED in your workplace or community. Don’t be left thinking, ‘if only I could have done more’.”

 

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