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Partnership provide lifesaving equipment for Colchester

Colchester Borough Council (CBC) in partnership with Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) are funding and installing twelve lifesaving defibrillator machines, at sites across Colchester.

A defibrillator is a machine that gives your heart an electric shock to re-establish a normal heart rhythm. It’s used to save people’s lives when they are in cardiac arrest.

Colchester Community First Responders have been working alongside Colchester Borough Homes to identify twelve potential new public defibrillator locations funded by CBC and CBH.

Cllr Mark Cory, Leader of Colchester Borough Council said “Our Better Colchester campaign strives to make Colchester a better place for residents, visitors and businesses. I am glad that we have been able to support the provision of some new defibrillators which are undoubtably important for the health and wellbeing of everyone”.

Defibrillators are an important piece of lifesaving equipment. Statistics state that two- four people, between the ages of 15-35 years old, die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest each day. The defibrillators installed will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive Gareth Mitchell said: “We are extremely pleased to work with the Council and Colchester Community First Responders to provide this essential equipment for the benefit of the local community.”

Significant progress has been made in the provision of defibrillators in Colchester. In March 2018 Colchester Community First Responders had four defibrillators sites within Colchester – they now have over 50. Their aim to have an accessible defibrillator available, within 90 seconds of any incident.

 Martin Ford from Colchester Community First Responders said: “We’ve been working very closely with cardiac science and the local healthcare authorities to make significant progress. Our ambition is to make Colchester the most heart safe place in Britain.”

Colchester Community First Responders pay for the maintenance and servicing of the defibrillators they supply.

CBH staff and tenants have also been undertaking a programme of training to learn how to use the machines in the event of an emergency.

You can find the locations of Current Public Access Defibrillators (with a few more to be added), as listed on the NHS East of England Ambulance Service website:  https://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/your-service/campaigns/their-life-your-hands.htm

Find out more about Colchester Community First Responders via their website: https://www.colchestercfr.co.uk

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