Friday 10th January 2014 –10.00am – Claire Brown.
An estate agent in a Solihull village has given a home to a very special resident; a life-saving defibrillator.
Situated in a yellow box on the wall of Hunters Estate Agents in High Street, Knowle, the defibrillator is secure but publicly accessible in the event of an emergency in the local community.
Purchased by the Knowle and Dorridge Round Table, the defibrillator moved into its new home at Hunters in November. This week, local Fastaid Community First Responders have trained 20 estate agent staff in basic first aid and how to use the defibrillator.
Terry Flower, Fastaid Community First Responder in Solihull, was one of seven CFRs that helped to train Hunters staff on Tuesday and said: “Thanks to Hunters, the defibrillator is in a central location with quick access for all of the surrounding shops and residents which is great news for locals.
“Prior to the defibrillator being installed, FastAid carried out a training session in basic life support and the use of the defibrillator to 30 members of the Round Table and staff from Hunters. On Tuesday this week, we trained an additional 20 estate agent staff who are now competent in using the defibrillator and know how to help save a life with basic life support skills.
“With the support of the Round Table, FastAid will also be arranging training for other shop owners in the village of Knowle who are interested in saving a life.”
David Hofton of Hunters Estate Agents said: “Hunters are delighted to have assisted with the cost and location of this defibrillator.”
Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Community Response Manager, said: “This is an excellent example of community organisations working together to support each other. Well done to Fastaid for their hard work and determination to help save lives.”
Notes to Editors:
Photograph courtesy of Hunters (left to right): Ed Smith (Round Table), David Hofton (Hunters), Terry Flower (FastAid) and Andy Jeynes (Community Response Manager).