Life-saving defibrillators have been donated to remote highland communities, thanks to an initiative by HM Coastguard.
The new defibrillators mean extra lifesaving capability in an emergency and help close some critical ‘gaps’ to bring access to automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to people in the UK’s most remote communities.
Nearly 500 AEDs are now available in Her Majesty’s Coastguard Emergency Response Vehicles, Coastal Officers’ and Divisional Commanders’ vehicles and all of its Rescue Coordination Centres. AEDs are also found in all other buildings owned by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, including maritime offices across the UK, adding further protection for employees in the event of a cardiac incident at work.
Dr Paddy Morgan, Medical Director of HM Coastguard, said: ‘Minutes really matter in the event of a cardiac arrest and rapid access to an AED can make a significant difference to a person’s chances of getting home or not. . By working with our partners in other emergency services, we have become an integral part of the network that reduces the time that people in our communities use effective defibrillators in an emergency. »
Chief Coastguard of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, Peter Mizen, said: ‘As the national maritime emergency service, we have a wider role to play within local communities, often in remote areas and rural areas where we provide critical support to our emergency service partners. Carrying them in our vehicles also means that they are immediately available to our teams who may encounter emergencies during their regular security patrols and when we attend public events.