The new investment means there is now extra lifesaving capability at emergencies around the Island’s coastline, helping to fill some critical ‘gaps’ to bring access to AEDs to remote locations.
Nearly 500 AEDs are now available in Her Majesty’s Coastguard’s emergency response and support vehicles, coastal officer and divisional commander vehicles across the country.
Here on the Island, the delivery of the AEDs couldn’t have come sooner as Bembridge CRT utilised the equipment within hours of it becoming part of the Rescue Vehicle’s kit.
It’s not uncommon of Coastguard Rescue Officers to come across medical emergencies whilst on patrol or at events. In adverse weather, HM Coastguard is utilised as mutual aid for the ambulance service too.
Dr Paddy Morgan, HM Coastguard’s Medical Director said that the introduction of AEDs can help people in local communities, as well as for coastal incidents:
“Minutes really do matter in the event of a cardiac arrest and having rapid access to an AED can make a significant difference to the chances of someone going home to their loved one or not. Working with our partners in the other emergency services, we have become an integral part of the network that reduces the time to effective defibrillation for people in our communities in an emergency.
Chief Coastguard of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, Peter Mizen, adds:
“For over 200 years, our aim has been to keep people safe at the coast and out at sea and looking after those around us as well as our own people is intrinsic to that.
“As the national maritime emergency service, we have a wider role to play as part of local communities, often in remote and rural locations where we provide essential support for our emergency services partners. By carrying them in our vehicles, it also means they are immediately on hand for our teams who may come across emergencies on their regular safety patrols and when we attend public events”.
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