Heartstart Thatcham welcomes Little Anne defibrillator to the team
The new equipment was used for the first time at the latest training session held at, and for members of, Donnington Valley Golf Club.
Scheme coordinator, Dr Nick Young, said that in the event of a cardiac arrest getting CPR started and an AED to the scene were vital and time critical - the sooner CPR is started, the better the chance of survival is.
All of the trainees at the event, who included rotarian John Smart who was responsible for having the AED installed in Thatcham town centre, were able to try the AED for themselves.
Scheme director, David Hamer from South Central Ambulance Service, training supervisor, Naomi Mildenhall from Thatcham Neighbourhood Wardens, and scheme coordinator, Nick Young, said that they had been planning this addition to the Heartstart course for some time, and said that they were all delighted to now have the extension to the course in place.