Where is your nearest defibrillator?

Thursday 6th June 2013 – 2.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

Sports and leisure centres have them, shopping centres have them, offices and factories have them.

Anyone can have a defibrillator and anyone can be trained in how to use it.

Defib

West Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing to groups, businesses, councils and organisations in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to find a home for a defibrillator for the benefit of their community.

Acting Community Response Manager Jenny Sears-Brown said: “A cardiac arrest is when the heart has stopped, the person has stopped breathing and they are technically dead. Their chance of ultimately surviving a cardiac arrest diminishes by ten percent every minute. Their only chance of survival is CPR and defibrillation – the sooner the better.

“There is an initiative underway to have defibrillators in secure locked cabinets that can be accessed by the public and used while an ambulance is on its way.

“We will offer awareness training to any organisation that decides to have a defibrillator that can be accessed by the public.

“The more defibrillators we have out in the communities, the better.”

For more information – contact the Community Response Department on 01384 215855

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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