Rail operator Northern are set to expand health and safety measures across their stations as a total of 36 new defibrillators are expected to be installed across South Yorkshire, adding to more than 100 that have already been installed this year.
The rollout of this lifesaving equipment is being funded through the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and will have finished installation by the end of September. Once the rollout is complete, every station that operates through Northern will be fully equipped with the medical gear to be used by local communities when needed.
This defibrillator investment from Northern matches their recent trend of providing safety measures for its passengers, as seen with the recent investment into water dispensers following the historic heatwave. Small, but consistent health and safety improvements, such as these, show dedication to passenger comfort and experience, providing people with ease of mind as they traverse the rail network and evoke positive emotion.
Each defibrillator will have a step-by-step instruction voice built in, which will explain how to use it in an emergency situation. The devices have computing systems inside that can analyse a person’s heart rhythm to determine if an electric shock would be required on the person in need of aid, then providing the requisite shock where necessary. This means that anyone can operate the defibrillator in situations where medically trained individuals are not present.
Northern has already installed more than 100 more defibrillators across its stations in the North of England this year.
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. Our aim is to make a positive impact for the North, and we will continue to work hard 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:
- South Elmsall
- Kirk Sandall
- Thorne South
- Hatfield & Stainforth
- Sandal & Agbrigg
- Hope (Derbyshire)
- Dore & Totley
- Kiveton Bridge
- Kiveton Park
- Thorne North
- Silkstone Common
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