Defibrillators are installed at three of the top football clubs in Dacorum

Example of a defibrillator
Example of a defibrillator

Three of Dacorum’s top football clubs have been equipped with new and potentially life-saving defibrillators with the help of the Football Association and British Heart Foundation.

In a unique partnership between the BHF and The FA, more than 900 defibrillators have been made available to clubs at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System and clubs in the Women’s Super League to help save the lives of cardiac arrest casualties.

Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Berkhamsted FC, and Tring Athletic FC are among the latest clubs to install a defibrillator, with two-thirds of the cost of the device provided to the clubs by the FA and BHF.

Dean Chance, from Hemel Hempstead Town, said: “This vital piece of equipment could prove to be difference between life and death and it’s a welcome addition to this club and its community.

“The FA and BHF have made it possible for us to be part of the drive to improve the UK’s poor cardiac arrest survival rates.

“Along with CPR, a defibrillator is a vital link in the chain of survival and we’re lucky that we now have the skills and equipment at the club to save a life.”

Clubs can find information about applying for a defibrillator by visiting www.bhf.org.uk/football