Life Saving Defibrillators to be Installed Across Broxtowe

Life Saving Defibrillators to be Installed Across Broxtowe

01/06/2016 - The first life saving defibrillator has been installed in Brinsley thanks to a partnership between Broxtowe Borough Council and its contractors United Living, Vinshire Plumbing and Heating and Ian Williams, to work with the East Midlands Ambulance Service and Town and Parish Councils to identify areas within the Borough where Public Access Defibrillators (PADS) could be installed.

The contractors have agreed to sponsor the project by providing at least 8 defibrillators throughout the Borough.

Installing Public Access Defibrillators provides 24 hour access to vital lifesaving equipment.  The defibrillator delivers an electric shock to the heart in an attempt to re-stabilise the rhythm following a cardiac arrest.  In the event of an emergency, the person who called 999 for an ambulance would be given the code to the cabinet and have immediate access to the device.

Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Richard Jackson said:

"The health and safety of our residents is a top priority for the Council and we are pleased to be working with the Ambulance Service to make sure that our residents have access to this vital piece of life saving equipment."

Richard Baker, Director United Living said:

It's great to see local support from all who are championing this great cause. Too many people die each year from heart attacks and I'm pleased that we've been able to play our part in getting more defibrillators for the Borough"

Mary Spier, Community Response Manager for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire said:

"When someone is in cardiac arrest, or suffering from a heart attack, seconds count. Performing CPR and using an automated defibrillator can be the difference between life and death.  Now that this lifesaving piece of equipment is accessible to any member of the public to use in an emergency, it really can save a life.  All of the machines are automated and give verbal instructions which include applying pads to the patient's chest. They are really simple to use."

Bryan Maloney Chair of Cossall Council said:

"I think the presence of the defibrillators will be a great asset to the wellbeing of the parishioners of the Borough of Broxtowe. Thank you Broxtowe."

Matthew Whittaker Stokes Assistant Director at Vinshire Plumbing and Heating said:

"As part of our commitment to the community we encourage our first aiders to utilise their skills with community first aid organisations. We have employees who work in pre-hospital emergency care and are therefore fully aware of the importance of these devices in the chain of survival following cardiac arrest and Vinshire are proud to be part of this initiative."

Trevor Rigley, Business Manager at Ian Williams, said:

"While we hope there's never an occasion where the defibrillators need to be used, research shows that if someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival falls by 10% every minute without action. However, with CPR and the use of a defibrillator within three minutes, the chance of survival could be as high as 70%.

We're proud to be able therefore to support this initiative. Having worked with the council since 2013, we have a long-standing commitment to the area and are delighted to be able to help in this way. Our own record of health and safety has just seen us awarded the Rospa Gold award for the eighth year running, so introducing potential lifesaving equipment to improve wellbeing is a natural fit.

Sheena Trower, Town Clerk for Brinsley Parish Council said:

"Brinsley Parish Council is delighted to report the inclusion of a defibrillator within the village, which will be situated at the Parish Hall, allowing easy access for everyone (disabled access included). Following consideration of the initiative, Broxtowe Borough Councillor John Handley liaised with his Council and arranged for this valued facility to be dedicated to the parish at no cost."

Arrangements are in place for the equipment to be installed within the very near future. It is hoped its presence in the community will provide reassurance that all residents, passers-by and visitors can gain access (through the Emergency Services) if ever a situation arises for its use.  Brinsley Parish Council extends its sincere appreciation to the Members and Staff of Broxtowe Borough Council for their support.

The defibrillators will be housed in secure metal cabinets located on the exterior walls of public buildings within the community such as village halls, disused telephone boxes, public houses etc.

The Council's construction partners have also agreed to replace a recently vandalised defibrillator that was previously located at the Wellington Inn, Eastwood. It is proposed that the new defibrillator will be relocated towards the centre of Eastwood.



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