An invitation to learn life-saving skills

 
Last updated:
27 January 2017

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is inviting all Chichester residents to a free CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) familiarisation session.

The workshop will be held at Chichester Fire Station, North Gate on Thursday 9th February 2017, from 7.30pm-8.45pm. However, places are strictly limited so please ensure to book early.

An AED is a portable electronic device that is able to detect whether a person, who has had a heart attack or is suffering from life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms, requires a lifesaving shock from a defibrillator. Once attached to the unconscious and non-breathing casualty, and if a shock is required, the AED prompts the rescuer to activate the defibrillator button. The shock hopefully results in the heart re-establishing an effective rhythm.

When an AED is placed in a location accessible for the public to use, it is known as a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD). They contain simple audio and visual instructions which guide the user through the process.

Pip Pullen, Crew Commander at Chichester Fire Station, said: “In the last two years South East Coast Ambulance Service has installed many Public Access Defibrillators in the Chichester community. Our aim is to ensure our residents are familiar with how these devices work, so if you would like to know more, please join us. It may, one day, save a life.”

To attend, or for further information, please email pip.pullen@westsussex.gov.uk or phone 07915 540 535 and leave a message.

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