CDC aims to make more defibrillators available across the Cotswolds
Release date: 27 September 2017
Caption: (l to r) Cllr Doherty, Cllr Andrews and Cllr Hirst check out the defibrillator at Fairford Fire Station.
Local communities are being urged to take advantage of a Cotswold District Council cash incentive which will help finance the installation of more defibrillators across the Cotswolds.
Each councillor has been provided with £2,000 to assist local fund raising for defibrillators and, working with South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, prompt an increase in their provision. So far over 20 new devices have been installed through this CDC initiative.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Leisure, Cllr Stephen Hirst, comments:
“There is good evidence to show that defibrillators can save lives and we want to ensure that many people in the Cotswolds – especially those who are elderly, vulnerable or fitness enthusiasts – have easy access to the equipment.
“Helping fund an increase in the number of defibrillators in every ward should complement the work of the ambulance service by providing reassurance that life-saving equipment is relatively easy to hand in the event of a medical emergency. Access to a nearby defibrillator will allow more people to receive a life-saving shock as quickly as possible, giving them the best chance of survival ahead of the ambulance arriving."
Cllr Stephen Andrews, who represents the Lechlade, Kempsford and Fairford South ward, has already used his allocation to help finance new community-access defibrillators at a telephone box in Dunfield, Whelford Village Hall, and Kempsford Village Hall, complementing an existing resource at the George public house in Kempsford. Cllr Andrew Doherty, who represents the Fairford North ward, has also helped to fund two additional defibrillators in Fairford, improving cover outside the town centre.
For further information please contact your local district councillor – details can be found at http://www.cmis.cotswold.gov.uk/cmis5/Councillors.aspx – or call Leisure and Communities at Cotswold District Council on 01285 623405