A NEW 24/7 defibrillator has been installed at Worcester Fire Station, thanks to the support of Droitwich AED.
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED), mounted on the outside wall, will help save the lives of people who suffer a cardiac arrest.
Droitwich AED funded the device which was administered by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner’s Estate Team.
The defib is clearly visible outside the fire station so it can be accessed by fire service staff and members of the public if someone in the vicinity suffers a cardiac arrest.
To access it, people need to phone 999 and ask for an ambulance and the code to open the box which houses it.
It can then be taken to the casualty and will be collected and returned by paramedics after the emergency.
Watch Commander Simon Harbourne, from Worcester Fire Station, said: “This is a superb, potentially life-saving asset for our fire station, available to both fire service staff and the public.
“We’re so grateful to Droitwich AED for making it available.”
To supply and fit an iPAD SP-1 and Defibsafe 2 Community Public Access Defibrillator typically costs about £1,500, depending on the location.
The charity supplied the CPAD on Worcester Fire Station with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service paying for the installation.
To maintain it over its ten-year life should cost about £750.
Anyone who wishes to sponsor it or any other unit, they can contact Droitwich AED on 01905 799168 or via email at droitwich.AED@gmail.com