‘The other side of the glass’ - Droitwich Fire Station Community Defibrillator
Droitwich Fire Station has recently made one of its four defibrillators accessible to the public. Three of the defibrillators are located on operational vehicles and the fourth formerly stored in the reception of the training centre has now been moved to 'the other side of the glass' for public access.
After a combined effort from Droitwich Fire Station personnel, Paramedic Simon Clare, Droitwich AED charity and Worcester's Community First Responders, an external cabinet has been installed on the wall of the appliance bay accessible from the forecourt to store the defibrillator so the community of Droitwich Spa and surrounding can have 24/7 access.
Paramedic, Simon Clare kick-started the campaign for the Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) at Droitwich Fire Station, which will be the second 24/7 CPAD in Droitwich, and the aim of such equipment being accessible to the community is to increase the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest.
The defibrillator is available for anyone to use in an emergency situation. Anyone dialling 999 in the event of a cardiac arrest or serious heart attack will be given the code to the cabinet by the ambulance service and the machine will provide the user with instructions.
The life-saving defibrillator provided by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service for community use has been housed in a secure weather-proof box funded by Droitwich AED and Worcester Community First Responders.
Droitwich AED trustee are a charity that aim to reduce cardiac arrest fatalities in Droitwich Spa and surrounding areas by providing free 24/7 public access defibrillators and automated external defibrillator (AED) training.
Peter Richards, Chair of Trustees of Droitwich AED commented: "We are really pleased to have been able to help fund the cabinet to house Droitwich Fire Station's defibrillator. Jane Dale, one of the trustees visited the site recently for the launch of the CPAD on behalf of Droitwich AED. We are all extremely proud to be involved. We hope that this is the second of many 24/7 CPAD in Droitwich Spa and the surrounding area."
The other half of the cabinet was funded by Worcester Community First Responders, a voluntary organisation that responds to local emergency calls and provide life-saving first aid in those vital minutes before an ambulance arrives.
Dave Harford, Community First Responder said: "As a voluntary organisation we have good links with all the local emergency services and try to aid the community in their time of need. Public access defibrillators can help save lives in the community and we have campaigned to try to get more public access to them in Droitwich Spa and the surrounding area."
Station Commander, Phill Sanders said: "Thanks to the help from Worcester's Community First Responders and Droitwich AED we are able to make our defibrillator accessible to the public. The newly installed cabinet is mounted on the wall of the appliance bay accessible from the forecourt and the ambulance service will provide the code to access the defibrillator should a member of the public require using it."