Friends of Ancells Farm has secured a grant for a Public Access Defibrillator, and this has now been installed on the front of the Community Centre. Our thanks go to local resident Chris Scott who was instrumental in driving this project and securing the grant and to members of Community 1st Response, South East Coast Ambulance Service for all their support and advice regarding the installation and training.
We have worked with the local ambulance service to provide awareness training as well guidance on basic CPR. This training took place in 2017 and was very informative. although in reality no training is required to use this equipment. Anyone assisting someone with a Cardiac Incident should use this equipment with confidence. Voice prompts instruct the user every step of the way, and it will only ‘shock’ a patient that requires such treatment.
The Defib is registered with the Ambulance Service; anyone near the Defib reporting a Cardiac Incident will be directed to this new life saving equipment. Its high footfall location and proximity to the sports field will also no doubt prove invaluable to our community.
The defibrillator is an iPad SP1 Model, which can toggle between adult and child mode at the flick of a switch, increases its volume depending on ambient noise level and is widely endorsed by Ambulance Services nationwide as well as the British Heart Foundation. The Defibrillator is housed in the new DefibSafe2 Cabinet which has a sticking high-visibility design.