PREMISES in Padstow and St Issey have become the first in the UK to be fitted with the latest version of a lifesaving device.
Community Public Access Defibrillators (cPADs) at Padstow harbour commissioners' office, the Old Ship Hotel and the Ring O'Bells pub in St Issey are now operational.
The Old Ship Hotel bought its cPAD outright, while Cornish charity FLEET (Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust) and St Issey Parish Council provided funds for the other two defibrillators.
Defibrillation can save the life of someone suffering a heart attack if administered swiftly.
The new-style cPAD has power and a secure internet connection so it can be continuously monitored by ambulance control operators who can remotely unlock the device when required without the need for key codes.
When a 999 call is received, ambulance control can direct the caller to the nearest cPAD, and as soon as it is opened alerts are sent to nominated locals who can help treat the patient and ensure the defibrillator is maintained ready for future use.
FLEET's Mike Trebilcock paid tribute to David Rich, a Community Responder and Padstow coastguard, for his efforts in getting the new machines fitted.
"David recognised the difference that the cPADs could make and has been working tirelessly to get devices installed in his community," he said.
"The efforts of all those involved, particularly David, have been fantastic and while we hope the devices will never be used, the likelihood is they will and will save lives soon," said Mr Trebilcock.
Ring O'Bells landlord Chris Ivins said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for St Issey and we thank the parish council and FLEET for providing this equipment which may save someone's life in our village."
FLEET has set itself the challenge of placing a Community Public Access Defibrillator in every town and village across the county this year.