Parish Council have secured a defibrillator for Cople through Beds Fire & Rescue Partnership Scheme.
The equipment was funded by Beds Fire & Rescue Service, with Cople Parish Council taking on the responsibility of installation, energy costs if required by the host, maintenance, insurance etc.
The CPAD (also referred to as an Automated External Defibrillator AED) is a portable defibrillator especially designed for people with no medical background. When applied to the victim, voice commands and screen messages will guide the user step-by-step through the process and its intelligent technology will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm. AED technology opens a window for the public to take on a key role to support emergency services who would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim.
The AED is sited in a vandal proof metal box, on the outside front facing wall of Cople Village Hall. The access code to the box will be given by the Ambulance Service Control room when a caller dials 999 and reports a possible cardiac arrest. Consumables e.g. battery (4 year life), and chest pads, will be replaced by the Parish Council when required. Basic weekly checks will be carried out by two Parish Council volunteers, David Whitehead and David Hughes.