Councillor Tom Gordon has tabled a motion calling on Wakefield Council to fully map and create a 'district-wide defibrillator network'.
On average 30,000 people each year suffer a sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital, and 20% of these incidents occur in public spaces, with only 10% of victims of cardiac arrests surviving when the incident occurs outside hospital. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can play a significant role in saving the lives of people who suffer heart attacks in public. It is estimated that a shock from an AED, alongside CPR treatment, increases survival rates to 75-80%. Though there are public defibrillators in various places across the district, including some council premises and assets, there are gaps in the provision of publicly accessible AEDs and at present there is no holistic mapping system listing all AEDs across the local authority.
Tom's motion calls upon Wakefield Council to:
- Compile a list, and an interactive map, of all public defibrillators in the Wakefield District, including those in non-council premises.
- Review and, where appropriate, increase the provision of defibrillators across all council-owned spaces including public parks, community centres, leisure facilities, and areas of high public footfall.
- Work with amateur sports teams and community groups to ensure they know how to access AEDs and are trained in the use of defibrillators and CPR.
- Bring a report back to full Council before the end of 2021 detailing a plan to roll out more AEDs across the local authority, and to produce a fully interactive mapping system to locate all public defibrillators in our city, towns, and villages.
Following conversations with the Director of Public Health and the Corporate Health & Safety Manager at Wakefield Council, we have already got the ball rolling and a corporate register of Council owned defibrillators is underway.
Add your name calling on Wakefield Council to adopt our motion for a 'district-wide defibrillator network'