WEST Huntspill's new community defibrillator is now live and based in the heart of the village.

West Huntspill Parish Council undertook the project and purchased the defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation, as well as acquiring a weather-proof and heated and external cabinet in which to house it.

The next problem was where to site the unit, as it needed somewhere that would provide a good cover, central location and constant source of power to keep the cabinet at the correct temperature.

The Crossways in on the A38 has stepped up with landlord Steve Dean allowing the defibrillator to be placed in the old porch on the outside of the building.

A spokesperson for West Huntspill Parish Council said: "Steve also went that extra stride and paid for alterations to provide an electrical source for the cabinet’s power requirements.

"The electrical work was carried out by Pete Buller of MB Electrics, a local firm, who provided his services at a much discounted rate.

"Nothing was too much trouble for Steve and Pete, in their efforts to help our community."

Local training has taken place in the use of the defibrillator and basic life support, with more to follow.

The South West Ambulance Service Trust has added the defibrillator to their system and it has now gone live.