Volunteer life savers praise installation of public defibrillator in Essex

Date: 24 November 2016

Canvey public defibrillator formally installed

One of Essex’s most active life saving volunteer groups has hailed the recent installation of a public access defibrillator as “crucial” on Canvey Island, the first of its kind on the island.

On Monday (21st November) the defibrillator was installed outside Canvey Island Library and will be accessible to people who require it 24 hours a day.

Canvey’s community first responder group co-ordinator Mick Allwood said: “It’s fantastic news for the people of Canvey; this could be the crucial difference between life and death for someone who collapses and goes into cardiac arrest.”

Mick commended the support from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and said: “The backing we’ve received from the Trust has been amazing; we wouldn’t be where we are without them and the integral roles played by the staff who work closely with us.”

The money was donated by the Canvey Carnival Association who has adopted the CFR group as their main charity. Mick said: “This was money given to us by the people and now we’ve been able to give it back to them in this lifesaving form. Without a doubt it was a great use of the money.”

He added: “If we can get more public access defibrillators installed throughout our communities we can go some way to tackling the large cardiac arrest figures that we face nationally.”

Essex County Council have been praised for the speed of which the installation was done, taking less than eight weeks to complete from the first request made by the CFR group.

If someone calls 999 for someone unconscious and not breathing, an ambulance call handler will give an access code for the cabinet at the library.

Kevin Hudson, Community Collaboration Manager for EEAST said: “Effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early use of a defibrillator greatly increase the chances of survival when someone is in cardiac arrest. I’d like to congratulate the people of Canvey for making this investment.”

For more information about the importance of defibrillators, visit http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/your-service/campaigns/their-life-your-hands.htm

 

  • Summary:

    One of Essex’s most active life saving volunteer groups has hailed the recent installation of a public access defibrillator as “crucial” on Canvey Island, the first of its kind on the island.