The Council, together with Conquest Oil Ltd, providers of heating oil under the Council’s Kimbolton & District Oil Buying Group scheme, installed a Defibrillator (AED) in a cabinet on a wall in the High Street, Kimbolton adjacent to the parish noticeboard in 2014.
This machine is available 24/7 for the treatment of anyone suffering a heart attack. Simply open the cabinet by turning the winged latch on the right-hand side, remove the defibrillator and follow the instructions. The machine itself will “talk” you through its use and there is no fear that someone not suffering from a heart attack could be shocked by mistake – the machine simply would not do that.
Since the machine is being made readily available it is vulnerable to theft or vandalism and we ask your help in keeping an eye on it when you pass by and reporting any suspicious activity to the police.
Your Parish Council has now provided another defibrillator to complement the one placed in the High St five years ago.
The new one is in a cabinet on the front wall of the Mandeville Hall, so is much nearer for anyone needing it at that end of the village and, of course, is close at hand for the halls; the Scout premises; playpark and recreation grounds.
The cabinet again is not locked, to provide speedy access, but this makes it vulnerable to vandalism and theft. We are pleased to say that we have had no such problems with the one in High St, but we ask everyone to help us keep an eye on it.
The new defibrillator is, as the other one, fully automatic and speaks to the user. It will not allow anyone to shock a patient who does not need it, so don’t be afraid of using it.