Life-saving defibrillators have been installed in two key areas of Chorley town centre.

Paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service, who facilitated the bid, delivered a training event to members of the public Chorley Town Hall.

Funding for the equipment came from the British Heart Foundation.

The machines, which are also referred to as AEDs (automated external defibrillators), will be placed at Chorley Town Hall, Union Street offices and a third will shortly be installed at the Covered Market in order to be well spread around the centre.

Paramedic Cheryl Pickstock ran the training event.

She said: “Defibrillators are a key part in the chain of survival which can increase someone’s chance of recovery by up to 80 per cent in cardiac arrest.

“In the event of finding somebody who isn’t breathing or breathing erratically it is important to start CPR straight away and get somebody else to call 999 and fetch the nearest defibrillator.”

Coun Kim Snape, who pushed for the equipment to be introduced, said: “With Chorley town centre being such a busy area and the increasing number of events taking place, it is crucial that we have the correct measures in place.

“This is just the start for Chorley, we are hoping to expand the scheme as the more of these we have, the better.”

The new equipment is easy to use and cannot do any harm as they only deliver a shock if a patient’s heart is in a specific rhythm.