Malvern Fire Station Community Defibrillator
Malvern Fire Station has recently had a community access defibrillator installed by Heartstart Malvern. The charity's aim is to increase the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest in Malvern by installing Public Access Defibrillator's and by providing free training on how to use them.
The defibrillator is the first one to be installed by the charity and the first within Malvern Link. Heartstart Malvern is hoping to install 50 defibrillators at key locations within Malvern during 2017.
The defibrillator is available for anyone to use in an emergency situation; anyone dialing 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 and cabinet installed at Malvern Fire Station cost approximately £1500.
Founder of Heartstart Malvern, Mr Richard Vakis-Lowe said "Heartstart Malvern is extremely grateful to Mr Richard Green, for a donation from the Malvern Freemasons and Cllr Paul Tuthill for a donation from his discretionary County Councillor's Fund to fund this defibrillator. We would also like to thank Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service for allowing us to install our first defibrillator in such a prominent location."
Mr Richard Vakis-Lowe continued: "Unfortunately, approximately 30 people will die prematurely as a result of a cardiac arrest in Malvern in 2017. We believe that if we can achieve our aim of installing another 50 public access defibrillators throughout Malvern and by providing free training to the local community that we will eventually be able to save at least 4 or 5 lives in Malvern each year. I would encourage anyone who might be interested in helping us to fund our next defibrillator or who might be interested in our free training, to contact us through our website www.heartstartmalvern.org.uk."
Station Commander, Liam Hall said: "Thanks to Heartstart Malvern, Malvern Fire Station has the first defibrillator within Malvern Link. The cabinet is prominently displayed outside the main entrance and the ambulance service will provide the code to access the defibrillator should a member of the public require using it."