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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fundraising firefighters install life-saving machines

15/03/2016

Local firefighters with staff from Slaters Country Inn in Baldwin's Gate

Four potentially life-saving defibrillator machines that can be used to help resuscitate people who have suffered a cardiac arrest have been fitted in and around the Loggerheads area thanks to fundraising firefighters.

“If someone is given immediate and effective medical treatment, they can survive. That is why we have been so keen to equip Loggerheads and the surrounding areas with this vital kit."

Fundraising for the equipment to help local communities was the idea of Crew Manager Bill Davies from Loggerheads. Local firefighters, supported by Newcastle Station Manager Mark Walchester and Group Manager Paul Shaw, recently took on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for this most worthwhile cause.

As a result of the firefighters’ initiative and aided by much welcome donations from local customers and businesses, sufficient funds have been raised to place four units across rural communities.

Defibrillators can now be found at:

• Loggerheads Community Fire Station
• The Co-operative store in Loggerheads; 
• The Peel Arms in Ashley;
• Slaters Country Inn in Baldwins Gate;

Loggerheads Watch Manager Keith Davies said: “If someone is given immediate and effective medical treatment, they can survive. That is why we have been so keen to equip Loggerheads and the surrounding areas with this vital kit.

“For every minute that passes without defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chances of survival.

“I’d like to extend sincere thanks to the local businesses and also to all their patrons that have so kindly supported this worthwhile cause.”

ENDS

Photographic captions:
Local firefighters with staff from Slaters Country Inn in Baldwins Gate.

Note to Editors:

• Anyone who dials 999 to call an ambulance can use the defibrillator, whether they have attended the training course or not.

• Ambulance controllers will assess if the defibrillator is needed and if it is, they will give the caller the code to open the box. A community first responder car and an ambulance will be on their way at this point.

• Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. When someone has a cardiac arrest, defibrillation needs to be prompt.

• For every minute that passes without defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chances of survival.

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills