A major milestone in passenger and staff safety has been achieved, as life-saving defibrillators have now successfully been installed across every Northern train station across South Yorkshire.
This is a continuation of Northern’s scheme to provide this equipment, being partly funded by South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, seeing the delivery of 36 new defibrillator across the last few months of 2022. This brings the schemes total to more than 100 defibrillators being installed across the operator’s stations in the North of England last year.
John Dowie, interim executive director of infrastructure and place at SYMCA said:
“We welcome the latest installations as it means that now there’s a defibrillator in or nearby every rail station in South Yorkshire. Having them available on public spaces used daily by a large number of people is reassuring as it significantly increases the chance of survival following a cardiac arrest.”
Each defibrillator provides the user with step-by-step, spoken word instructions that can be followed in case of emergency, supplying enriched accessibility for the user. Computing systems inside the equipment are used to analyse an individual’s heart rhythms, determining whether an electric shock is necessary. Electrodes will then proceed to automatically deliver the shock, if required.
All of these life-saving units have subsequently been added to the national register, with the requisite staff training being offered by the local ambulance services to the station staff and local communities.
Tony Baxter, regional director at Northern, said:
“All our defibrillators are in public places, and they are of huge benefit, not only to those travelling with us, but also the communities we serve.
“We plan to continue to introduce life-saving defibrillators at even more of our stations. I would like to thank SYMCA for their help in making this happen.”
Locations of new defibrillators across South Yorkshire:
Meadowhall, Bentley, Barnsley, Conisbrough, South Elmsall, Kirk Sandall, Chapeltown, Thorne South, Fitzwilliam, Hatfield & Stainforth, Sandal & Agbrigg, Bolton-Upon-Dearne, Moorthorpe, Hope (Derbyshire), Wombwell, Hathersage, Dore & Totley, Kiveton Bridge, Dronfield , Thurnscoe, Althorpe, Grindleford, Workington, Goldthorpe, Mexborough, Kiveton Park, Thorne North, Dodworth, Adwick, Silkstone Common, Darton, Shireoaks, Elsecar, Bamford, Penistone, Woodhouse
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