RACING Club Warwick chairman Bob Dhillion has welcomed a potential life-saver to the town.
More than 900 defibrillators have been made available by the Football Association and Racing Club Warwick FC is the latest to take advantage of the scheme.
Coun Dhillon, the outgoing Warwick mayor, has pushed for more public access defibrillators since saving the life of the then Warwick District Council Chairman in April.
Coun Dhillon hit the headlines after he rushed to administer CPR to Coun Richard Davies after he had a major heart attack minutes into an after-dinner speech.
Speaking about the new defibrillator, Coun Dhillon said: “This vital piece of equipment could prove to be the difference between life and death and it’s a welcome addition to the club and its community.
“The FA and British Heart Foundation have made it possible for Racing Club Warwick Football Club 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.”
The use of a defibrillator – which shocks the heart back into a normal rhythm – can increase the survival chances of a person who has suffered sudden cardiac arrest by as much as 50 per cent.
Clubs can find information about the FA scheme at www.bhf.org.uk/football.