FOUR MAIN COUNCIL BUILDINGS have taken important measures in a scheme that may one day save someone’s life.
Life-saving defibrillators have now been installed in two council buildings in Chester, and one each in Ellesmere Port and Winsford.
On top of this, fourty members of staff have been trained in how to use them; with a further seventy staff members putting their names down for training.
Councillors Lynda Jones, Executive Member for Commissioning and Councillor Amy Mercer-Bailey have both spoken highly of the decision to install the defibrillators.
Councillor Jones said: “Both Amy and myself feel strongly that these machines should be in the four buildings after we both helped a member of the public who had collapsed at a Council meeting.
“Every second is vital when someone is in cardiac arrest and the defibrillator can literally save a life.”
Councillor Mercer-Bailey said: “Training is easy and straight forward – I know because I have been on a course myself. In the event of someone using the machine for the first time, you will listen to clear operating instructions. It is very pleasing that so many Council staff have volunteered for the training.”
The scheme also comes with the announcement of a new partnership with the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the British Heart Foundation.
Councillor Les Ford, Executive Member for Resources said: “These life-saving machines can now be clearly seen in the four Council buildings. Their location is also known by the North West Ambulance Service so that they can be used in case of a nearby emergency.”
Robert Hussey, Community Resuscitation Manager for Cheshire and Mersey, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: “This is part of a wider initiative in which 47 Public Access Defibrillators will be placed around the Cheshire West and Chester Council area.
“We have worked with the Council to train Councillors, Council staff and schools’ health and safety leads to become instructors. They will be able to roll out the training and support to embed the programmes. We are very grateful to the Councillors for their support in funding these devices – which save lives.”