Lifesaving equipment is at the heart of the Milford Haven community
South Hook LNG Community Development Committee have provided funding for around twenty lifesaving defibrillators (AED's) that are to be distributed to communities across Pembrokeshire, as part of the British Heart Foundation's 'No time to Wait' Appeal. Located in communities where increased incidences of cardiac arrests have occurred or in more rural settings where ambulance accessibility can be challenging, the automated defibrillators will provide essential lifesaving equipment.
In the most recent roll out of the equipment, two defibrillators have been placed within the Milford Haven community, one in the local Post Office and Spar convenience store in the town and another at the Tesco Store, close to the Docks.
Manager at the Spar shop Richard Harries said "We are delighted to have a defibrillator placed in the store which is in the heart of the local community in Charles St. This will definitely help save lives in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest in the town. All the Supervisors have been trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service and are aware of what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest. We are an ideal location for the defibrillator as we are open 7am -10pm."
Debbie Mills Tesco Charity Champion said "I would like to thank South Hook LNG, BHF Cymru and The Welsh Ambulance Service for providing us with a defibrillator for the store."
Jayne Lewis, BHF Cymru's local Fundraising and Volunteering Manager said: "With more people in Wales trained in emergency life-support skills and more AEDs available locally, the chances of resuscitating someone from a cardiac arrest should be greatly improved. Having more defibrillators available locally for these emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. It is also vitally important that people are trained in emergency life-support skills. These are paramount in improving the chances of a cardiac arrest victim until professional help arrives".
Gethin Bateman from Welsh ambulance said "The defibrillator placed in a central position will allow the community to assist in providing a prompt and effective response in a life threatening emergency. Currently only about 10% of people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest, but BHF Cymru's No Time to Wait Appeal could change that."
Defibrillators need to be available in areas of greatest risk - areas where there is a high incidence of cardiac arrest and in areas where it is difficult for an ambulance to get there quickly. This is particularly important in Wales, where many people live in rural areas.