Monday, 18 July 2016

Swanage Community Defibrillator Partnership - Official Launch

Its been a busy week, and something we haven't managed to report until now was the official launch on Wednesday of the Swanage Community Defibrillator Partnership (SCDP)

SCDP has been established by a group of local individuals seeking to purchase and maintain strategically located Lifesaving equipment for the town and neighbouring villages.

The devices can be accessed 24 hours a day via 999 and the Ambulance Service who will give you the location of the nearest defibrillator, its access code, and importantly stay on the line whilst treatment is given.  The call to 999 also triggers the despatch of an ambulance.

The volunteers behind the partnership include two serving Coastguards from the Swanage team.  All represent local community groups, but have done this out of their own time and resources and we take our hats off to them.  They are, from left to right Maggie Hardy - Swanage Rotary Club,   David Corben - Swanage RNLI,   Lisa Mattei - Resus Officer Dorset County Hospital ,  Ian Brown - Swanage Coastguard,  Kyle Hickman - Dorset Police & Swanage Coastguard.

Photo Credit: APM Wright, courtesy SCDP blog
To find out where the various defibrillators are located, take a look at this map.

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