A new defibrillator is set to be installed at the council’s headquarters at Pye Green Community Centre and to coincide with its introduction, the council wants to draw up and publicise a full list of where defibrillators are in the town.
Hednesford Town Clerk Peter Harrison said it was important for people to know where the equipment was available in case they suffered a potential heart attack while out and about.
“Our aim is to help by raising awareness about where this equipment can be found,” said Peter.
“At the moment we don’t know so we are appealing to anyone who has invested in these potentially life-saving devices to help us put a list together.”
When a location has a briefcase-sized box containing such equipment for anyone to use, this is known as a PAD – Public Access Defibrillator.
According to the British Heart Foundation, defibrillators are simple and safe to use, with the machine providing clearly spoken instructions and you don’t need training to use one.
Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart's rhythm. It won't deliver a shock unless one is needed.
If you've installed a defibrillator in your community or workplace, it’s also important to also let your ambulance trust knows about it. That way, 999 operators can quickly identify a nearby device in future emergencies.
Issued by Linda Aitchison at the Marketing Room (01543 468621) on behalf of Hednesford Town Council, for more information, please call Peter Harrison on 01543 424872.
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