Thirsk Market Place gets lifesaving equipment

Residents and Tourists who visit the market place will be able to see a vital and lifesaving piece of equipment attached to the side of the Tourist Information Centre.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s Thirsk Community First Responders (CFRs) have provided the town with this latest community public access defibrillator(Cpad) with funds provided by North Yorkshire County Council and installed by local businessman Steven Dresser.

Thirsk Community First Responders, this year decided there project was to fund and install 4 cpads within the surrounding area, the team have gone above and beyond this and have managed to obtain 8 cpads with 4 already been installed and the remaining ones due to be installed within the next month or two.


The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. It’s therefore imperative the people of Thirsk  know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive.

Stephen Lifton (Defibrillator Coordinator for Thirsk CFR's) said: “The completion of our defibrillator project is fantastic news and is down to a number of people.  Firstky the team of volunteer cfrs who have dedicated their spare time to organise and take part in fundraising events, the local councillor Gareth Dadd, Steven Dresser who has kindly installed all our cpads at no cost to the team and finally the general public in and around Thirsk who have donated so generously. On behalf of the team, thank you to wveeuone who assisted in the project and provided Thirsk with access to lifesaving equipment which will benefit all in the community”

Gareth Dadd,( Local Councillor for Thirsk) said: “I was introduced to the Community First Responders at a public demonstration and saw the commitment and energy put in by these volunteers. It became apparent to me that they not only needed abit of support for all they do, but there was a gap in provision of cpads. I have been delighted to support this particular site, right in the heart of Thirsk with funding from my locality budget and thank you to the Tourist Information Centre and Steven Dresser for making this possible. Hopefully it shall hardly, if ever, have to be used”