East Sussex Fire Authority working in partnership with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) have installed a number of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at various Community Fire Stations across the Authority’s area.
The devices are externally stored in prominent positions in white boxes and marked AED in red.
The positioning of AEDsat iconic locations within the community is an already
AEDs will support the provision of life saving CPR to victims of cardiac arrest within as short a time as possible. It is a medical fact that a person’s chance of survival following a cardiac arrest decreases by 10% per minute prior to medical intervention including the use of an AED to shock the heart.
The AEDs are for use by members of the public should an individual suffer a cardiac arrest. The machine explains exactly what to do so training is not required in an emergency. SECAmb’s Emergency Medical Advisors will also talk a caller through the use of the equipment.
Initially the AEDswill be located at the following Community Fire Stations:
The Ridge, Hastings
All 999 calls for a cardiac arrest are handled by the SECAmb’s Emergency Operations Centre and the caller will be advised when the AEDis located within a 200 Metre radius. The use of an AED by a member of the public (or an off or on duty member of the FRS) is vital in advance of ambulance clinicians arriving at the scene.
Recent events such as the cardiac arrest of Fabrice Muamba and the highlighting of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training with The British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Hard & Fast CPR training films with Vinnie Jones have raised the profile of resuscitation in the community. Lives are being saved on a regular basis as a result of these initiatives.
SECAmb have already trained a number of ESFRS staff and volunteers in their use and are able to train other members of the community.
Tim Fellows, Clinical Operations Manager for SECAmb said, “We are grateful to ESFRS for placing these vital, lifesaving AEDs at these stations. We know that they will be a major contribution to community safety and over the coming months and will inevitably save lives.”
Paul Way, Command and Operations Training Manager for ESFRS said “This initiative represents further collaboration between blue light services within the Fire Authority’s area and will support our vision of achieving safer and more sustainable communities.
Sudden cardiac arrest has no age limit with more than 50% of victims having shown no previous symptoms of coronary heart disease. Nearly 60% of all cardiac arrests are witnessed so the availability of a nearby AED will hugely increase the chances of a patient surviving.”