A NEW public defibrillator (cPAD) has been placed by the gates of Hastings Pier.
The machine, which delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest, was funded by two locally-based companies, Timbercraft UK and FPE Steelworks.
Both firms are also heavily involved with the current £14 million renovation work on the 140-year-old structure.
The portable unit, supplied by The Community HeartBeat Trust, is especially designed to be used by people with no medical background and guides the user through the process with intelligent technology that only allows it to shock a heart when it registers the action as necessary.
Simon Opie, chief executive officer (CEO) of Hastings Pier Charity, said: “Following a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases very rapidly on a minute-by-minute basis, so immediate medical treatment is vital. These machines allow life-saving action to be taken by members of the public.
“The cPAD delivers an electrical current through the chest and aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.
“The longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more lasting is the damage, so these machines really can save lives.”
The Community HeartBeat Trust is a national charity focused on provision of life-saving defibrillation services to local communities.
The charity also helps local groups by offering advice and support.
Due to be completed in Spring 2015, work on the pier started in January this year.
A devastating fire destroyed more than 90 per cent of the pier in October 2010.