20th May, 2018

New defibrillator outside Fairfield Village Hall will be accessible 24/7

A NEW public access defibrillator has been installed outside Fairfield Village Hall.

The device has been made possible through a joint partnership between the Community Heartbeat Trust and Fairfield Village Community Association with funding and support from Sheila Blagg, the National Lottery and Belbroughton and Fairfield Parish Council.

Phillip Palmer, speaking on behalf of Fairfield Village Community Association, said “We’d like to thank everyone in the community who supported this project. “When someone goes into cardiac arrest, early medical intervention can significantly increase their chances of survival.”

The defibrillator provides a high-energy electric shock through the chest wall to a patient who has suffered a cardiac arrest – an essential life-saving step.

This defibrillator can be used by everyone, whether they are trained or not, and an automated voice can talk the user through the process and only administer a shock when required so it cannot be used when it is not needed.

An awareness seminar, including demonstrations on how to use the defibrillator, and a question and answer session, will take place at Fairfield Village Hall at 7pm on April 19.

The defib is stored in a secure cabinet and a code is required to unlock the door.

The door code will be provided by West Midlands Ambulance Service when 999 is dialed.

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