London Ambulance Service to show commuters how to save a life in five minutes

2 June 2014

The London Ambulance Service is at London Bridge train station today (3 June) between 2.30-6pm to show commuters how to do emergency CPR and to save a life using a defibrillator.

Nine trainers from the Service will be there with four resuscitation dummies and four training defibrillators to show how easy it is to save a life in five minutes.

Chairman Richard Hunt CBE, said: “We can show you the basics in five minutes – we’re not asking commuters for too much of their time.”

The event will be attended by Eddie McDermott, part of the onsite resuscitation team at London Bridge station. Eddie has successfully resuscitated eight people since the Service has installed and accredited defibrillators at the station. Eddie said: “Defibrillators are very easy to use – you have nothing to lose by learning and you could end up saving someone’s life.”

The event is part of the Service’s ‘Shockingly Easy’ campaign that launched on 1 May to get 1,000 extra defibrillators in shops, businesses and gyms across the capital to save more lives.

Richard added: “If you have a cardiac arrest, your heart stops beating and you are clinically dead. Every second counts which is why we want more defibrillators in public places to help us save more lives in London.”

For more information on how to get a defibrillator for your business and training on how to use it call on 020 7783 2366 or go to


Notes to editors:

  • Journalists and photographers are invited to attend the event. For more information or interview requests please contact the communications department on 020 7783 2286.
  • The Service’s ‘Shockingly Easy’ campaign is backed by ex-footballer Fabrice Muamba, who was famously shocked back to life with a defibrillator after going into cardiac arrest during a football match
  • A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart to restart it.
  • There are over 10,000 cardiac arrests every year in London – that is 27 a day.
  •  There are 2,322 sites or organisations which have at least one defibrillator in London but we would like to see 1,000 extra defibrillators locations by next year.
  • A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, and can be a result of heart attack, choking or trauma.
  • A heart attack happens when an artery becomes obstructed, restricting the flow of blood to the heart. The most common sign of a heart attack is chest pain, though there are other symptoms. Left untreated it can lead to a cardiac arrest, which is when the heart stops beating.
  • In London a cardiac arrest is most likely to happen between 8am and 12pm on a Monday in December and the average person is a 68 year old white man.
  •  For more advice on getting a defibrillator for your business or for training on how to use it  – call us on 020 7783 2366 or go to
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