We have a number of schemes to get more Automated External Defibrillators (AED) into the community. Over the past few weeks, and months, we have had many questions asked about the devices and what can be done, and indeed what are we doing, to get more into local communities. So first, an AED is a defibrillator. It is designed to be used by anyone, trained or not, on a casualty who is in cardiac arrest. We have more details on this on our "What is all this about AEDs?" page. Many of our team are often telling members of the public about these devices and our scheme co-ordinator, Nick Young, is often appearing in the media discussing the devices. You can hear Nick on one interview he gave to the Breeze.
The main question, what are we doing about AEDs in the community?
We have four main AED projects at present (June 2014).
- We are introducing AED training onto our courses so that everyone becomes familiar with the devices. See our news story "Heartstart trainees are shocked!" for details.
- We have our Phones2AED campaign which collects old mobile phones and for a given number we exchange them for an AED. The AEDs will be given to local (Newbury, Thatcham, Greenham, Cold Ash, etc.) venues such as schools and/or maybe even placed in public areas such as parks and shopping venues. The location and amount placed depends on the number of phones we are given. We are also being given other items for us to sell, the money from which will be put in a fund for AEDs.
- We have a small group consisting of ourselves, Thatcham Neighbourhood Wardens, Thatcham Town Council, West Berkshire Council and IIS looking at placing additional AEDs around Thatcham. Locations have been identified, permission is being obtained from property owners and funds in the process of being obtained. The aim is to put up at least one, if not four, additional AEDs around Thatcham, all publicly accessible 24/7.
- We have a small group consisting of ourselves, Newbury BID Street Rangers and a Police Officer. Locations have been identified, permission is being obtained from property owners and funds in the process of being obtained. The aim is to put up at least one, if not three, additional AEDs around Newbury, all publicly accessible 24/7. One may even be connected to a radio network which would allow an AED to get to the scene even quicker.
Progress and help
We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to help, can offer permission to put an AED on their building, can offer funds, or can help in any other way. Progress will be reported on this site and to the local media and we will, as noted in the second point above, be looking to deploy AEDs to other parts of the district (Greenham, Crookham, Cold Ash, etc.) if we are able to.