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Falmouth School & Falmouth Community Fire Station form partnership to provide essential lifesaving equipment for the community.

Falmouth School & Falmouth Community Fire Station have joined forces to fund an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the community. AED’s are small electronic devices that are designed to allow minimally-trained people to provide lifesaving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Unlike the defibrillators seen on medical TV shows, AEDs are small, lightweight and very easy to operate. They are about the size of an IPad or tablet and have adhesive electrode pads that rescuers attach to the person's chest. An AED is very simple to use yet houses the same sophisticated defibrillation technology relied on by emergency medical services personnel and physicians.

Deputy Head Teacher at Falmouth School, Alex George, said

“We are delighted to be a part of this joint community venture. Initiatives like this where different organisations within a community can work together to benefit us all are fantastic.”

Station Manager Steve Wilkinson, said

“This is a great example of organisations working together to enable funding for community projects which will ultimately save lives. I hope this will provide inspiration for other organisations to form partnerships so additional defibrillators can be made available in our community.”

The AED will be located at the Fire Station and will be registered with South Western Ambulance Service, so when a member of the community dials 999 to report a sudden cardiac arrest and is in need of an AED the operator will inform the caller of the location and the code to enter the cabinet.

Members of the community will have the opportunity to attend the station or school for training in the use of the AED & CPR which is a great essential lifesaving skill.

Access to defibrillators saves lives and this will help offer peace of mind to hundreds of members of our community and it is brilliant to be able play a small part in strengthening the chain of survival.

Posted on: 28/04/16

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