A LIFE-saving app launches today that allows residents to find the nearest defibrillator if they see someone in cardiac arrest.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust have launched the app and it will be the first national register of every automatic defibrillator in the UK.

Dick Tracey, Oxfordshire ambulance commander, launched a campaign in 2014 to ensure no one was more than 10 minutes away from a defibrillator was involved in creating the app.

Since his campaign, backed by the Oxford Mail, more than 400 defibrillators have been installed in the county.

He said: “It is a fantastic thing and although our control room at the moment would give you directions to the nearest defibrillator this app will find your location and take you to the nearest device, making it so much easier.

“I really do hope that this can become a national app because even seconds can make all the difference to saving someone’s life.”

The Save a Life app can be downloaded for free from: scas.nhs.uk/savealife