The Big Lottery Funds defibrillators for Shrewsbury

Wednesday 10th December 2014 – 12.20pm – Chris Kowalik

Ten community defibrillators are coming to Shrewsbury.

The town’s Community First Responders have been given more than £8,000 from The Big Lottery Fund. This will enable them to place the devices which can restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest in the local community.

The CFRs are now appealing to businesses, other organisations or owners of premises to help them find suitable locations in which to house them.

The Big Lottery Funds defibrillators for Shrewsbury 10-12-14

Nick Freeman, Shrewsbury Community First Responders’ Honorary Treasurer (pictured with the rest of the group of volunteers), said: “We have the machines, now we need the secure cabinets to keep them in and some suitable premises around the County Town.

“We appeal to anyone who can help sponsor a cabinet which would keep a defibrillator secure yet publicly accessible. Their location would be recorded with the ambulance service’s control room so, in the event of a cardiac arrest nearby, the caller to 999 would be directed to the machine while a blue-light vehicle is en-route.”

If you can help sponsor a cabinet, or have premises that may be suitable to house a publicly accessible community defibrillator,

contact Cliff Medlicott, West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager on 07884 050 877 or cliff.medlicott@wmas.nhs.uk

or Terry Foster from West Midlands Ambulance Service on 07827 311 090 or Terence.foster@wmas.nhs.uk

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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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