We are delighted to announce that we have installed a brand new defibrillator; this lifesaving equipment will be part of the national database and it will enable quick access if one is required by emergency services and the public.

What better way to start 2021 with something positive for our community and have a very special lady open this for us; Bluebell our very own riding school pony, who was unfazed by the balloons blowing around.

IRC owner, Louise Buckner says “Being on the national database means that emergency crews can access the equipment and potentially save a life. This is of huge benefit to the community”

The staff at IRC are first-aid trained and now they have all been trained in how to use the defibrillator for the benefit of the community and guests at IRC; A cardiac arrest is when the heart, as a result of an electrical failure, stops beating completely – without early CPR and the use of a defibrillator, only about 2.5% percent of victims survive. But the initiation of early CPR and defibrillator use within minutes can raise a victim’s chance of survival to almost 80%.

Horse riding is a high risk sport and it gives clients and especially parents that extra piece of mind that there is one at IRC.

There is a need for more rural locations to have a defibrillator onsite but also situated at a site where there are lots of people. “This defibrillator will be accessible to the wider community and several different groups who use IRC, not just our horse riding clients but liveries, holiday guests, our café guests, charity users, students, disabled people and large numbers of people on show days. We would like to thank The Community HeartBeat Trust for donating this wonderful life saving equipment.”  added Louise.

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