AN organisation which set out to help provide four live-saving public access defibrillators across Swanage has now been involved in the installation of 30 such devices in local villages.

Swanage Community Defibrillator Project’s (SCDP) latest machine has been placed on the outside wall of Swanage Hospital, completing coverage in south Swanage.

This device was funded in part by Dorset County Council.

A SCDP spokesman explained: “The important aspect of this device is that it is like all others in SCDP, a public access one and hospital staff will not be in a position or expected to support its use in the event of an emergency in the local area.

“So far local defibrillators have been taken to 27 incidents and across the main footfall of Swanage a defibrillator can be found every 400 metres.

This is a very impressive community project.

“The main responsibilities of SCDP are now to maintain the defibrillators and cabinets and sustain the ongoing viability of the project through regular familiarisation sessions in CPR and defibrillator use for members of the community.”

The other defibrillators are situated across Studland, Corfe Caste, Kingston, Worth and Langton Matravers.