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Saved by the binman

Refuse collectors could soon be saving lives as well as the planet.
Staffordshire Moorlands councillors are proposing that waste trucks in their area carry defibrillators, the electric shock pads used by paramedics, to provide additional support to ambulance staff.
Binmen employed directly by the local authority will be trained on the lifesaving equipment that restarts heartbeats after an attack.
The area is on the northern-most tip of Staffordshire and has the largest landmass in the county, but is populated in the main by small country villages.
Council leader Ron Locker said: "Our chaps [the binmen] go out to these remote communities every week. Giving them this vital equipment makes sense because our vehicles have tracking devices and will often be there faster than the paramedics."
The idea came from a discussion between Locker and Staffordshire Ambulance staff, in which it was suggested that public service vehicles could assist the emergency services in certain tasks.
Those parties involved will be consulted on the proposal, which will go before councillors to be approved later this month.

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