Call for more defibrillator sites to be found across West Sussex

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West Sussex councillors have supported a call for the council to work with communities to find suitable sites to place defibrillators.

During a meeting on Friday (May 26), a motion on the subject tabled by Keir Greenway (Con, Bersted) received unanimous support.

Mr Greenway said: “Most of us will have a story to tell about someone we know who suffered from cardiac arrest or heart problems.

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“Mine is my mother but yours might be a friend or a colleague.

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“Cardiac arrest can happen when we least expect it and, as we hear all too regularly, can happen to anyone.”

As well as looking for new homes for the equipment in public places and community spaces, the motion called for all defibrillators on council property and in schools to be registered with The Circuit – the National Defibrillator Network, supported by the British Heart Foundation.

Last year, the government announced a roll-out of defibrillators to every state-funded school in England, with over 20,000 expected to be delivered to 18,000 schools by the end of the academic year.

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Supporting the motion, Alison Cooper (Con, Rustington) said: “The provision, siting and registration of local defibrillators is an important factor within a community.

“Any community can feel safer knowing where they are and be confident in an emergency that they know what to do and how to use them.”

The council will use social media and its other publications to promote the benefits of having a defibrillator in the community and explaining how to use them.

Mrs Cooper added: “Involving schools and children is crucial.

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“If children grow up knowing more about them and their importance and being familiar with this life-saving equipment, it will help reduce the temptation to tamper with them.”

Defibrillators give a high-energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest and are most effective if used within three minutes of a collapse.

Advice from the British Heart Foundation says: “For every minute it takes for the defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival lower.”

The council runs a programme called What If?, which invites parishes and community groups to consider buying a defibrillator.

However, there is currently no additional government funding to support communities in purchasing them.

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