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Defibrillator takes pride of place

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

The Vulcan team with the AED. Back row l-r Lisa Titterton, Caroline Goodinson, Julie Morrell, Chris Shepherd and Gary Dukes. Front row l-r  Kelvin Forrester and Shane Bratt.

The Vulcan team with the AED. Back row l-r Lisa Titterton, Caroline Goodinson, Julie Morrell, Chris Shepherd and Gary Dukes. Front row l-r Kelvin Forrester and Shane Bratt.

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A CHEADLE company has taken delivery of a brand new defibrillator as part of their campaign to promote health as well as safety in the workplace.

Vulcan Refractories who are based at Brookhouse Industrial Estate have also made the equipment available for neighbouring businesses and a public house.

The AED ( Automated External Defibrillator) has now taken "pride of place" in the factory canteen and 10 members of the Vulcan workforce have received specialist training to operate the device should the need occur.

Managing director Gary Dukes said: "I am delighted that we have an AED and trained experts in its operation here at Vulcan to help to protect our employees from the effects of sudden cardiac arrest. In support of our local community we have also made it available to neighbouring businesses and the nearby Huntsman public house so they can benefit too should an emergency arise."

Vulcan's health and safety adviser, Ian Mycock, said: "Heart disease including sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack) is the UK's biggest killer and I am sure most people know someone who has suffered or has been affected by one.

"It is comforting to know that our team are now trained to be able to react to an incident and provide assistance until the emergency services arrive."

Vulcan specialises in the manufacture of refractory high temperature ceramics, supplying to many industries worldwide and employs 35 people.

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