cPAD Launch in East Riding


cPAD Launch in East Riding

Community Defibrillation Trainer Trish Kilner (pictured right) has presented East Riding of Yorkshire Council with a community public access defibrillator (cPAD) for Hedon Town Hall - and other villages in the area are likely to follow suit.

The council’s Local Grant Fund 2014-15 is open for applications from town and parish councils to apply for up to £3,000 for projects that will benefit local communities, with this year’s focus on community resilience. One project eligible for funding is the installation cPADs in villages.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell (pictured left), cabinet portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “The council’s Local Grant Fund has been extremely successful and is allowing local communities to promote initiatives and projects at a local level that will benefit residents.”

“The cPAD scheme is an excellent example of this and is improving community resilience by making life-saving equipment available and allows town and parish councils to contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.”

The scheme operates in partnership with YAS which records the cabinet location and access code in its emergency operations centre so that operators can enable members of the general public, responding to a suspected cardiac arrest, to access the defibrillator. In the event of an emergency, a person dials 999 for an ambulance. The operator assesses the situation and, if appropriate, provides the caller with the combination code to access the cPAD.

Paul Stevens, Locality Manager, Community Resilience Team, said: “Early access and early defibrillation, along with effective CPR, give the best chances of survival for a patient who suffers a cardiac arrest.

“Having a cPAD means installing a special cabinet on the outside wall of a building so that the automated external defibrillator (AED) inside can be accessible 24/7 to anyone in the vicinity who requires it.

“More people could benefit from the presence of your device and more lives could be saved. The cabinets have a key code lock and the code is accessed by calling 999 which means the device remains secure.”

 

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