When a patient collapses in cardiac arrest it is essential that defibrillation is applied within minutes – when it is, the chances of that life being saved are drastically increased. It is therefore important that defibrillators are accessible 24/7 – which is now a mission of the Knutsford Community First Responders Trust whose work has ensured Knutsford has ready access to defibrillators when they are needed.
Hearing of plans to create new commercial units within the public toilets, the Trust approached the Town Council about installing a new defibrillator cabinet at the King Street Car Park. The Trust funded the new cabinet and defibrillator whilst the Town Council arranged for its contractors to install the cabinet and connect a power supply to keep it charged at all times.
Sal Thompson, AED lead for the trust said “We are proud to add another 24/7 community accessible public defibrillator (CPAD) to our growing stock ensuring that members of the public are never far from essential emergency equipment when in the town centre of Knutsford”.
Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green added “We were pleased to be able to provide the space for a new AED. It’s a high footfall area at the town’s main car park and so close to the Moor – whilst we hope it will never be used if one is needed it couldn’t be closer.”