Staying safe at Rugby World Cup thanks to Dearne Valley firm

FANS and players heading to the 2015 Rugby World Cup can take heart from the fact that a Dearne Valley firm is providing emergency safety equipment to every venue.

Heart-starting defibrillators produced by Manvers-based Martek Lifecare are being provided to every venue used throughout this summer’s tournament thanks to a partnership with the  Rugby Football Union.

The potentially life-saving Lifeline VIEW devices being provided are so simple to use that anyone — from first responder to untrained bystander — can step in and perform a rescue.

The automated external defibrillator is the first of its kind, delivering step-by-step instructions with voice and video instructions at every stage of the rescue, including a metronome for performing CPR.

Steve Coulson, founder and director of Martek, said: “We are proud to be partners of such a large sporting event, providing essential safety equipment with lifesaving potential to multiple venues.

“With recent high-profile cases of sudden cardiac arrest such as rugby league player Danny Jones, it’s testament to the Rugby Union’s dedication to protecting both players and fans from cardiac emergencies with the installation of Lifeline VIEW.”

The Rugby Football Union joins a list of internationally recognised companies using Lifeline VIEW to protect their staff and customers, including airlines such as easyJet and Eithiad.

Keighley and Wales rugby player Danny Jones died on May 3.

The 29-year-old suffered a heart attack shortly after he was substituted early on in Keighley’s League One game against the London Scholars.

He was later found to have been suffering from previously undetected heart disease.