Three potentially lifesaving defibrillators are due to be installed in and around Huncoat.
The defibrillators will be installed at The Black Bull Pub on Lowergate Road, The Railway Pub at Huncoat Railway Station and outside Mapleford Nursing Home on the wall facing Bolton Avenue.
The devices, famously used to help Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during a football game, deliver an electric shock to the heart after it stops pumping blood around the body.
Statistics show that more than 75,000 lives could be saved each year in the UK by having defibrillators immediately available.
Speaking about the move, paramedic and Huncoat councillor, Eamonn Higgins, said: “It’s fabulous that the first of the defibrillators is now in place.
“I’m only too aware with my work as a paramedic that sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and without these machines the survival rate drops by 10 per cent for every minute.
“Sudden cardiac arrest is the world’s biggest killer, with around 140,000 deaths in the UK alone.”
Coun Higgins continued: “These state-of-the-art defibrillators have been bought from the North West Ambulance Service with funds from Huncoat Neighbourhood Management Board and the help of former councillor Dave Parkins, who has been a key player in their installation. Thanks to all of them.”
He added: “We’ll be arranging a one-hour training course in basic life support and the use of the community defibrillators, which residents are very welcome to attend.
“It will be delivered by NWAS paramedics and promoted when details are finalised.”
One device has also been fitted at the gates of Peel Park and another will be installed outside the Whitakers Arms on Burnley Road.