A PUBWATCH scheme is getting behind a drive to get more defibrillators in public places.

Horwich and Blackrod Pubwatch jumped at the chance of putting eight defibrillators in bars and pubs across the area to help give people potentially life-saving treatment.

The Pubwatch scheme was approached by PC Jane Wilcock, from the police’s partnership and licensing team, which raised the idea of a number of the venues getting a defibrillator and training on how to use one.

PC Wilcock said: “The North West Ambulance Service said they had some government funding to put some defibrillators in public areas.

“If the licensed premises sign an agreement, they will be given a device, and after that they will maintain it and will get them serviced or replaced if needed. They will also allow people to come in and use them if required. The NWAS will have a map and can see where defibrillators are located in case there’s an incident.

“The police and ambulance service are working together to provide this life-saving equipment to pub customers and the general public.”

PC Wilcock has worked alongside the NWAS after undergoing training on how to use a defibrillator. Last year, she managed to secure the equipment for Castle Hill Police Boxing Club in Castleton Street, Tonge Moor. The boxing club helps young people to turn their lives around for the better.

The NWAS donated the defibrillator along with Dave and Pat Rogers, parents of Adam Rogers, a 24-year-old who was killed by a single punch in Blackburn in 2009.

It is hoped five pubs in Horwich will receive a defibrillator and three in Blackrod.

Training will be offered at Horwich RMI Club in Ramsbottom Road.

If someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the chances of surviving are significantly increased if a defibrillator is used shortly after.