Hailsham Town Council has agreed to support three Wealden district councillors in their campaign to purchase a number of Public Access Defibrillators (PADs).
They would be installed outside key buildings in the town and made accessible to the public to use (subject to the relevant planning permission).
The money needed for the purchase of three PAD units will come from Wealden District Council’s ‘Community Dividend’ fund, from which district councillors Chriss Triandafyllou, Nigel Coltman and Town Mayor Jo Bentley have decided to award their individual dividend money to Hailsham Town Council for the purpose of purchasing three PAD units for the local community.
It was agreed that the Town Council will support Councillors Bentley, Coltman and Triandafyllou by covering the shortfall required for the purchase and installation of the three PAD units (including heated and secured cabinet). It is hoped town councillors and other supporters will raise enough money to acquire an additional/fourth PAD unit.
Day-to-day maintenance of the four PAD units will be carried out by the Town Council and advice will be sought from the ambulance service on suitable locations for the PAD units to be fitted.
In the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, on average only 10 per cent of people survive unless they receive early Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation.
If bystanders provide CPR and use a defibrillator before Emergency Medical Services arrive, average survival rates increase to 38 per cent.
The main target for all UK ambulance services is to reach the scene within eight minutes, in at least 75 per cent of calls.
Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley said, “There’s evidence to show that if someone has fallen victim to cardiac arrest then the earlier the defibrillation, the greater chance of survival and the better quality of life post-survival.
“I’m proud that my colleagues at the council have agreed to invest in defibrillators for the local community and they will be purchased and installed as soon as possible.”
The Town Council will be organising free training sessions in partnership with the ambulance service on the use of PADs and how to become a community ‘First Responder’ volunteer in the near future.