Chester BID Installs Four Life Saving Defibrillators in City Centre
Four new defibrillators have been installed in key areas in Chester, just in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.
The life-saving electronic devices can now be found by Reiss on Watergate Street, That Beer Place on Foregate Street the Town Hall Hut on Northgate Street and the reception of the Leonardo Hotel on Pepper Street.
Carl Critchlow, CEO of Chester BID said: “defibrillators are a critical piece of safety equipment for any well managed public space. To ensure the defibrillators are accessible 24hrs per day we have worked with our businesses to get these installed in key locations within the BID area and we want to thank them for their cooperation.”
The defibrillators give someone a high-energy shock to the heart of someone who has had a cardiac arrest. Statistics show a less than 10% of people experiencing cardiac arrest out-of-hospital survive – compared to 80% when a defibrillator is used.
Each defibrillator unit has a unique key access code which is accessible when someone calls 999, which means the devices remain secure and are accessible 24 hours a day. No previous training is required to use a defibrillator; however, the British Heart Foundation does run free training courses online.
Carl added: “As the streets begin to get busier and busier throughout the festive period, it’s more important than ever to look after the safety of shoppers and visitors. Whilst we hope they won’t need to be used, we are assured that in case of an emergency, Chester city centre is now equipped correctly with these life-saving devices.”