Linton Fire Station now home to community defibrillator

A defibrillator has recently been installed at Linton Fire Station thanks to Linton Parish Council.

The defibrillator has been fitted on the wall of the station and was officially unveiled at a small ceremony, with attendees from across the local community.

The idea for installing the defibrillator came from Tracy Coston, a local resident and clerk for four local parish councils. Tracy learnt that while there was one at the far end of the village, at the recreation ground, it wasn’t accessible by all. Tracy managed to secure parish council funding to have the additional unit installed.

Tracy said: “Thank you very much to Linton Fire Station for supporting this community project. It’s an excellent location in the centre of Linton and well known by all.”

Station Commander Paul Clarke added: “We were very pleased to be approached by Linton Parish Council to install a defibrillator on our premises. Fire stations are well known landmarks in local communities, so having one of these lifesaving units on our station makes perfect sense.

“If other parish councils are looking to install defibrillators in their local community, we would welcome any approach to locate them on our community fire stations.”

Merrie Mannassi, Vice Chair of Linton Parish Council, said: “Thanks to members of the parish council and to Tracy who really pushed this forward, along with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service for allowing us to have it here.”

The defibrillator is available for anyone to use in the event of an emergency. Those needing to use the device should call 999 and would be talked through how to use it by the operator.