Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 21st October 2023 – 12.30pm.
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is appealing for information about a missing defibrillator in Staffordshire.
Following a 999 call made to WMAS on 26th August, to an address on Milton Road, Chadsmoor, an activation was made for the defibrillator based at St Aidan’s Church, Albert Street, Cannock, and the defibrillator was collected.
However, the whereabouts of the defibrillator is now unknown despite thorough attempts from the ambulance service and Burntwood and Cannock Chase Community First Responders to track it down.
Defibrillators are portable lifesaving devices that checks a person’s heart rhythm and, it it’s not beating properly, will deliver a shock, to try and get it back to a normal rhythm.
“As we come to the end of Restart A Heart Week, the timing is perhaps never more poignant to emphasise how important it is to try and track down this defib so it can be put back at the church and available for the community again.”
Eddie Malpass, from Burntwood and Cannock Chase CFRs added: “A lot of hard work and fund-raising goes in to installing defibrillators throughout the community, so it is really important we try and locate this one so it is available to use again.
“The CFR scheme has temporarily put a replacement in the cabinet at the church, but unfortunately that is not a long-term solution.
“If anyone has any information about what happened to the defibrillator or where it is, I would urge you to please get in touch. If a replacement needs to be purchased, that will ultimately be a costly and timely solution.”
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Contact details can also be found on the back of the defibrillator, once taken out of the orange case it is kept in.
Notes to Editors:
The missing defibrillator is similar to the one pictured.