Lincolnshire’s 3,400 Freemasons are working with LIVES emergency responders to make more lifesaving defibrillators available to the community.
Under a new arrangement Freemasons are investing at least £20,000 to meet the aim of installing defibrillators outside their 21 centres in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire, and will pay LIVES volunteers to make sure they are maintained.
The move is intended to make defibrillators available to everyone in the community around the clock, permanently ready to respond. The involvement of volunteers from LIVES – the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service –will ensure that the equipment is professionally maintained.
Dave Wheeler said: “We have a long tradition of support for the community at large. Working in partnership with LIVES to provide defibrillators outside our buildings means they will be available for the community as a whole, not just our own members.
“We see this as a way of making sure that Freemasons continue to be good neighbours, which is why we have agreed to cover all the costs involved.”
Members of the Bicentenary Lodge of Installed Masters at Horncastle have made a substantial donation to the work, which is being co-ordinated by Barton Freemason Phil Spicksley. He said: “We have had defibrillators in our Masonic centres for eight years, but until now they have been fitted inside, and therefore available only to those using the buildings.
“To make these arrangements for them to be outside, and therefore available to anyone who needs them, is a natural extension of Freemasonry’s growing openness.”
Work to fit the defibrillators has begun with ordering of mounting boxes, which will be followed by a survey of each building ahead of arranging the necessary electrical connections.