THE public can now access a life-saving defibrillator at Droitwich Fire Station.

The defibrillator was previously stored in the training centre at Droitwich Fire Station but has now been moved "to the other side of the glass" for public access.

A new all-weather cabinet to store the device has been fitted at the station, funded by the Droitwich AED charity and Worcester’s Community First Responders.

Dave Harford, Community First Responder, said: “Public access defibrillators can help save lives.

"As a voluntary organisation, we have good links with all the local emergency services and try to aid the community in their time of need."

Station Commander, Phill Sanders said: “Thanks to the help from Worcester’s Community First Responders and Droitwich AED we are able to make our defibrillator accessible to the public.

"The newly installed-cabinet is mounted on the wall of the appliance bay accessible from the forecourt and the ambulance service will provide the code to access the defibrillator should a member of the public require using it.”

Peter Richards, chair of trustees of Droitwich AED, said: “We are extremely proud to be involved. We hope that this is the second of many 24/7 defibrillators in Droitwich and the surrounding area.”