Defibrillator: Wanted – Volunteers

Chetton Parish Council have been offered a defibrillator to be housed at the village hall and are looking for volunteers to be available to be alerted by the ambulance service should they feel that use of the defibrillator would be beneficial.  Training will be given although It is the view of the Resuscitation Council (UK) that the use of an Automated External Defibrillator is NOT to be restricted to trained personnel.  However chances of survival increase if the person has had some training in its use.

Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested in volunteering and live or work close to the village hall.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is an emergency life-saving device for use in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  It is a portable appliance that analyses the heart rhythm and, if needed, administers an electrical charge to the heart in order to establish a regular heartbeat in the event of a Cardiac Arrest.

Only within the first few minutes following a Cardiac Arrest will a victim be in a ‘shockable rhythm’, and therefore rapid defibrillation is vital.  Placing AEDs in the community can dramatically reduce the time from collapse to defibrillation and can greatly improve survival rates.