BRITAIN’S only registered charity of its kind Arrive Alive has donated its first community-accessible defibrillator to West Smethwick Park Pavilion.
Arrive Alive works directly to support frontline medically trained volunteers with vehicles and equipment. Following the launch of the charity the founder Debbie Roscoe who is a Midlands-based mother has so far enabled eleven voluntary operated 999 vehicles to become operational in addition to various pieces of equipment, with more vehicles planned for the region subject to funding. Each Arrive Alive vehicle is dispatched to a medical emergency following a 999 call to West Midlands Ambulance Service.
With the support of community fundraising from The Friends of West Smethwick Park along with the support of Bernard Melvin, an accessible defibrillator has been installed at the newly built pavilion. The pavilion is in the heart of the park which is a hive of activity for the local community hosting events, fitness classes and workshops for all ages.
The defibrillator has been registered on the circuit and could be the difference between life and death. 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen each year in the UK and 9 out of 10 are sadly fatal. This is the first of many defibrillators within communities that Arrive Alive will help to make a difference and save lives within communities.
Knowledge is power, Arrive Alive can also offer CPR training sessions to groups as it can be anyone at any age that can experience a cardiac arrest. Knowing how to effectively deliver CPR could help you to save a life to find out more about how to book a CPR training session email: firstname.lastname@example.org