For sometime now there has been an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) situated at the Silverdale Community Centre and it is apparent that many residents are not aware of this. This information could help save someones life one day.
The AED is registered with the emergency services. If anyone needs it, they should call 999 and the emergency services will give the caller the code to access the defibrillator and also the gate when it is closed.
A site survey was carried out to decide where the AED box should be situated, as it requires power and sufficient space. The shops would have been the ideal place , but there wasn’t enough space on the shop frontages to be able to house it, so it was decided to locate the box at the Community Centre.
Hopefully, it will never be used, but it is there to serve the community should anyone ever need it.
The defibrillator provides instruction on what to do, you can use it without being trained. Many of the staff who work at the Preschool have been trained in how to use the equipment .
If you see someone having a cardiac arrest, start CPR and have someone call 999. The emergency operator can advise how to access the defibrillator. Continue CPR and get someone to obtain the AED.
Once you get the defibrillator, turn it on and continue CPR until the device tells you to stop.
We are waiting for new, updated signage to highlight the AED’s location and this will be installed soon.