Defibrillators are ready to use in offices, depot and Ferneham Hall

Councillor Sean Woodward

Councillor Sean Woodward

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A HAMPSHIRE council has installed devices that could one day save someone’s life.

Defibrillators are now ready for use in Fareham Borough Council’s civic offices and also at the town’s Ferneham Hall and the council’s depot.

The devices should give somone suffering a heart attack the best chance of survival when operated by a qualified first aider.

However, they are easy to use and can be operated by anyone.

Several qualified first aiders working in the council’s buildings have been given full training in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use the defibrillators.

The device gives clear voice instructions on how to prepare the patient, attach the pads and administer CPR, and it works automatically.

It detects the rhythm of the heart and delivers a shock only if necessary.

This comes as the Daily Echo continues its campaign to get defibrillators in schools across Hampshire after a 16-year-old pupil at a Romsey school was saved with a defibrillator when he suffered a heart attack.

Mountbatten School teachers shocked Sam Mangoro with the device four times, keeping his heart beating until the paramedics arrived.

Councillor Seán Woodward, executive leader of Fareham Borough Council, has said: “The health and safety of the council’s employees and visitors is of utmost priority.

“Every minute counts in an emergency and the defibrillators help maintain a heartbeat whilst the paramedics are en route.”

Debbie Adwent, St John Ambulance regional training manager, said: “It’s wonderful to hear Fareham Borough Council has made this potentially lifesaving decision and is putting first aid at the heart of the organisation.”

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12:47pm Thu 29 May 14

cliffwalker says...

Hampshire Council has had the good sense to place these life saving machines in places where they will be most valuable.

Putting defibrillators in schools is, of course, better than nothing but they are of most value when in locations where there are large numbers of the age groups most likely to suffer heart disease. Schools must come fairly low on the scale of vulnerable age groups.
Hampshire Council has had the good sense to place these life saving machines in places where they will be most valuable. Putting defibrillators in schools is, of course, better than nothing but they are of most value when in locations where there are large numbers of the age groups most likely to suffer heart disease. Schools must come fairly low on the scale of vulnerable age groups. cliffwalker
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5:25pm Thu 29 May 14

Whataloadofsh*t says...

I suggest you do a small amount of research on the internet...British Heart Foundation, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome charities to name but two and look at the statistics of young people with undiagnosed heart conditions. Schools are a vital place in the community to have defibs and thankfully are now realising the importance of having these lifesaving devices on hand. A lot of schools are also a crucial part of the community, with sports facilities etc on site so is not just school pupils that will benefit from having defibs on site. It's a shame that it took the incident at Mountbatten to galvanise everyone into action but at least something is being done. Well done to all schools who have taken action and also to Fareham Council.
I suggest you do a small amount of research on the internet...British Heart Foundation, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome charities to name but two and look at the statistics of young people with undiagnosed heart conditions. Schools are a vital place in the community to have defibs and thankfully are now realising the importance of having these lifesaving devices on hand. A lot of schools are also a crucial part of the community, with sports facilities etc on site so is not just school pupils that will benefit from having defibs on site. It's a shame that it took the incident at Mountbatten to galvanise everyone into action but at least something is being done. Well done to all schools who have taken action and also to Fareham Council. Whataloadofsh*t
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