Mobile defibrillators carried on Manchester trams for first time in Mad Friday safety op

Mobile defibrillators will be carried on Manchester trams for the first time ever this evening as part of the safety measures being put in place for ‘Mad Friday’.

‘Mad Friday’ – the last Friday before Christmas – sees an increase in the number of people going to pubs, bars and clubs across the region.

To try to keep party goers safe and make sure they get home in one piece, the city’s Travelsafe Unit will be patrolling the bus and tram network, stops and stations as part of Operation Sleigh.

TfGM’s Metrolink Director Peter Cushing said: “Getting home safely is a vital part of a good night out and officers from the Travelsafe Unit will be out in force to ensure the many revellers expected to hit the town can do just that.

“While they’ll be on hand to help you, there are also things you can do to help yourself: think about how and when you’re going to get home in advance and if you’re heading for a tram, bus or train, please make sure you check what time your last service is.”

TSU officers will be working alongside MRDL, First and Stagecoach to support the wider police operation, deterring crime and anti-social behaviour, and ensuring revellers can enjoy a safe ride home.

They have also been trained to use and provided with five mobile defibrillators by the North West Ambulance Service

Mr Cushing added: “The TSU, alongside their colleagues from GMP, the wider emergency services and our own staff – as well as those staff working for transport operators – will be working very hard long into the night to keep the city moving and safe so please spare a thought for the excellent work they will be doing if you’re out and about enjoying yourself.”

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