A NEW piece of life-saving medical equipment has been installed at Guiseley AFC.

The football club has just had a defibrillator fitted at its Nethermoor Park base thanks to Guiseley and District Lions and Global First Aid Services.

Brian Firth, Guiseley-based founder of Global First Aid Services, has been pushing to have more public access defibrillators fitted around Aireborough and Wharfedale to help during emergencies.

Defibrillators send electrical charges to re-start the heart in the case of a cardiac arrest.

He had approached the Lions to ask for a small donation towards a new AED (Automated External Defibrillator), but was delighted when the club instead offered to pay the full £1,542.

Mr Firth said: "The Global First Aid Services CPAD project uses one of the latest defibrillators on the market, manufactured by Cardiac Science and widely used by Community First Responders.

"These are ideal for venues where adults and children are in attendance, such as schools, sporting events and carnivals.

"The device is fully automatic, with no buttons to press, and comes with both adult and paediatric pads.

"The AED automatically detects paediatric pads, and delivers a reduced energy shock."

Mr Firth has been so impressed by Guiseley and District Lions' attitude and work for good causes, meanwhile, that he has now joined them.

Global First Aid Services, in conjunction with the Lions, plans to run a number of three-hour emergency life support courses, including the use of an AED, during the next 12 months.

The cost will be £20 per person, with all money raised going towards the Lions' purchase of the next AED.

Contact Mr Firth on 07909 660375 for further information.