Lifesaving defibrillators have been installed at each of Northampton leisure centres.
Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are now available at Danes Camp Leisure Centre, Lings Forum Leisure Centre, Mounts Baths and Duston Sports Centre.
Claire McNab, operations manager, said: “In the past ten years we’ve had about ten cardiac incidents. They are rare, but they do happen.
“In one incident, someone collapsed outside of one of our buildings so it is important for us to have the proper equipment here.”
Every year in the UK there are around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac incidents. If a defibrillator is used within three-minutes then the chances of survival can be as high as 75 per cent.
Mrs McNab said: “More and more people are using our facilities now. We also have a lot of people come to us who have been advised exercise by their doctors for obesity and cardiac disorders so there is an increased risk there, but cardiac incidents can happen to anyone.”
Northampton Leisure Trust, which runs the centres, has also extended its staff first aid training programme to include use of the defibrillators.
Matt Love, a lifeguard at the Mounts, said: “The defib works by stopping the heart and giving the internal pacemaker a chance to restart it. Just like a reset button.”