RESPONSE cars in the Bodmin area are equipped with life-saving defibrillators thanks to the fundraising efforts of supporters of the FLEET charity.
Officers will be able to use the devices prior to the arrival of the ambulance in the vital few minutes after a person has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Previously they had to rely on their first aid training and the use of CPR.
The defibrillators cost £1200 each and they have been paid for from sponsorship money received by the FLEET London Marathon team.
One of this year’s runners, David Bray from Wadebridge said: “It was a brilliant day, a great feeling carrying St Piran’s flag through London with several chants from the Cornish of ‘Kernow bys Vyken’.”
Sector inspector for Bodmin police, Rob Mooney said: “We are delighted that we now have this life-saving equipment in some of our cars. Our officers have been trained to use them and are now much better equipped to deal with victims of cardiac arrest. I would like to thank all those who tackled the London Marathon to raise the money to pay for the defibrillators.”
Last year’s marathon runners paid for six defibrillators to go in police cars in the Newquay area. Founder of Fleet, Norman Trebilcock said: “We now plan to raise funds to buy defibrillators for police in the Falmouth area.”
FLEET (Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust) provides medical and monitoring equipment for the ambulance service and community responders as well as defibrillators for public access in towns and villages across Cornwall.
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News