We’ve been hard at work recently with the North West Ambulance Service to install life-saving equipment, available 24 hours a day at our Partington store.
The equipment, which consists of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and secure wall-mounted cabinet, was funded by the ambulance service and installed on the external wall of our store at Partington Shopping Centre. The AED can be only accessed in the event of a cardiac arrest by calling 999 for the ambulance service. It is contained within a secure state of the art cabinet, which contains a heater, light and alarm system, as well as a code keypad for access. The cabinet is designed to be water, wind, heat, cold and vandalism resistant.
Community Specialist Paramedic for Partington, Dave Blowers, who helped secure the equipment for the community, said: “It is brilliant that we have been able to procure this equipment from the ambulance service. I am extremely grateful to Heron Foods for all the assistance they have given in order to get the defibrillator in place. Both the defibrillator and the cabinet in which they are housed offer the latest technology, and it will help save lives in Partington without a doubt. “The AED itself is designed so that it can be used without training, as it will only work on somebody in cardiac arrest and has a voice prompt that takes you through the whole procedure. In this scenario, every second counts. I hope it never has to be used, but it’s great to know it is there 24/7.”
Dave has already delivered some training sessions to members of the community in CPR, and is hoping to deliver more in 2016. In addition, the ambulance service is setting up a Community First Responder (CFR) scheme in the Partington area. Community First Responders are volunteers who provide a first response to emergency calls within their own community until an ambulance arrives. The care they deliver can range from simple reassurance and listening through to administering oxygen and using a defibrillator. For further information, please go to www.nwas-responders.info