Seafront installations found for additional community, public access defibrillators in Felixstowe.
Thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Felixstowe, Felixstowe Town Council has been able to install two further defibrillators along the seafront (outside the leisure centre and beside the car park at the end of Beach Station Road) in addition to the one installed by the council at Felixstowe Library in February.
The devices, which can deliver a brief electric jolt to establish a normal heart rhythm, are kept within secure high-visibility cabinets installed externally so that they can be accessed at all times in case of an emergency.
With a further defibrillator installed the Viewpoint Café, Landguard, thanks to funding from Suffolk County Councillor, Graham Newman’s Locality budget and another planned for Felixstowe Ferry, funded by District Councillor, Andy Smith’s, Community Enabling budget, Felixstowe is now well-equipped with these potentially life-saving devices.
Mayor of Felixstowe for 2016-17, Cllr Jan Garfield, said: “Thanks to Rotary Club of Felixstowe, the Town Council and our partners in the community – such as the library and leisure centre – Felixstowe is particularly well catered for with public access defibrillators; any of which could one day be used to save someone’s life.”
Cllr Graham Newman said: “It is a privilege to be able to support this initiative which shows just how important the local councils treat the health and wellbeing of the community and its visitors.”
The kit is fully automatic and registered with the ambulance service, so emergency callers can be told the code and directed to the nearest one if required.
Any individuals or organisations who would like further information should contact Felixstowe Town Hall.
Telephone: 01394 282086