Three fire stations in Birmingham now have life-saving devices thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service. Sheldon, Erdington and Bournbrook stations have received the devices from West Midlands Ambulance Service. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be used to help restart someone’s heart following a cardiac arrest.
Station Commander Andy Smith, of West Midlands Fire Service, said: “The AEDs are outside the fire stations in locked boxes. When they’re needed, people can get the code to unlock them by calling the ambulance service via 999.”
Andy Jeynes, West Midlands Ambulance Services’ Community Response Manager for Birmingham, said: “With every fire engine already carrying a defibrillator, these new deployments mean that a firefighter is never too far from a life-saving device which can only be a good thing for a patient in cardiac arrest.”
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Pictured: Andy Jeynes and Ali Vinson of WMAS hand over one of the AEDs at Sheldon fire station to Station Commander Andy Smith and Watch Commander Nathan Highfield.