Firefighters have been passing on life-saving skills to a local community.
A crew from Chichester Fire Station visited East Dean to share skills on using the village’s new defibrillator and to teach basic first aid skills.
The new defibrillator is located at East Dean’s Parish Hall.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Area Manager for Operations, Adrian Murphy, said: “It was great to see so many local people at the event.
“While we hope they will never have to put these skills into action, they are really good skills to know as you never know when you might need them.”
Firefighters brought a 6 x 6 vehicle along from Midhurst Fire Station for the event to show local people how adaptable the vehicle is in all weathers and for off road operations.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is part of West Sussex County Council and the county council’s emergencies team attended the event to offer training about what the parish can do to prepare for emergencies and how to plan ahead. The parish has signed up to the council’s ‘What if’ campaign involving local communities.
The county council’s Communities Director, Rachel North, was on hand to present the Parish Council with a cheque for £650 as part of the Operation Watershed Active Communities Fund for ditch clearance works in the village.
David Barling, Cabinet Member for Residents Services, said: “This was a really good community event and an excellent example of effective partnership working with the fire service and county council.
“I hope the information from the event proves useful to the village and we can continue working with local people to benefit the whole community and help prepare them for any eventuality.”