Vandals smash up defibrillator at Mossley train station
Wednesday 28th December 2016 @ 21:56 by Adam Higgins
Community Mossley & Saddleworth News

A device which saves lives has been ripped from a wall and smashed up at Mossley train station.

Horrified passengers discovered vandals had pulled the case with the defibrillator inside from the wall, close to the ticket office where it is kept, and smashed it open before the equipment itself was left strewn across the platform yesterday (December 28).

Ambulance bosses have described it as ‘a mindless act of vandalism’ and warn that it could put people at risk.

A JustGiving page has since been set up in a bid to raise £2,000 to purchase a new defibrillator. You can donate here.

David McNally, community resuscitation manager for the North West Ambulance Service, confirmed the expensive equipment cannot be used until it can be repaired or replaced.

He said: “A mindless act of vandalism has caused this damage to a vital lifesaving piece of equipment.

“This defibrillator has been placed in this location to be available around the clock so that in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest it is available to potentially save lives in the community.

“It has now had to be taken out of service until the damage can be assessed and repairs taken place. This will be a considerable cost to the NHS, but most importantly this puts lives at risk.

“Our Community Resuscitation team will assist the police in any ongoing enquiries.”

Evidence suggests that, in an ‘out of hospital’ cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases by around 10 per cent for every minute that passes without defibrillation.

The Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) was originally funded and installed as a result of a bequest from Bernard Murphy – a volunteer Community First Responder – and contributions from the Mossley community and Rotary.

The JustGiving page was established by Andrew Stone – a volunteer Community First Responder (CFR) trained and mobilised by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to attend Cardiac Arrests and other life threatening emergencies within my community.