Time is critical when it comes to reviving patients who have gone into cardiac arrest. According to the British Heart Foundation, fewer than 1 in 10 people survive a sudden cardiac arrest, and research shows that with every minute that passes the survival rate reduces by 10%, but using a defibrillator will more than likely save that life.
However, not everyone has equal access to an automated external defibrillator, and some cannot be used outside of working hours - if they are located in a school, community hall or supermarket, for example.
This is why Cheshire West Recycling are working with North West Ambulance Service to increase access to lifesaving defibrillators on the streets of west Cheshire.
All new CWR vehicles are fitted with defibrillators. Using a defibrillator to apply an electrical shock to a heart within 3 to 5 minutes of it stopping can lead to survival rates of up to 70 per cent.