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Allerdale Borough Council is now CardiacSmart

11 July 2013

Allerdale Borough Council is the only local authority in the country to have received a national lifesavers award.

Ten employees and councillors have made Allerdale a safer place by becoming CardiacSmart - giving them all the potential to save a life. The Council had to fulfil a series of criteria to gain its silver CardiacSmart award from the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS).  The aim of the CardiacSmart award is to recognise local authorities, businesses and community groups for their dedication to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators.

Allerdale Councillor Nicky Cockburn who is also a first responder initiated the process and helped get Allerdale the defibrillator which could one day save a life.

The CardiacSmart initiative works to extend the blanket coverage of public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and provide more individuals with training in basic life support in order to improve a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Corporate Health and Safety Officer, Barry Chambers, said: ”This is a great achievement for us and we are taking positive steps in making Allerdale Borough Council a safer place to work and visit. The training, which included CPR and operating a defibrillator, was provided for free by the North West Ambulance Service together with information and support on how to become CardiacSmart.  It’s helped us to make a difference and maybe save a life.”

Councillor Philip Tibble, Executive Member, added: ”It’s fantastic that the Council has been awarded this accreditation. As an ambulance driver myself I know how imperative it is to act quickly at an individuals time of need. By installing a defibrillator and providing staff with emergency life support training is a positive and simple action to take and will make the difference in saving a person’s life.” 

Around 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital each year, and with every minute a person does not receive treatment their chance of survival decreases by 10%.  Cardiac arrest is the most extreme case of an emergency, as the patient loses consciousness at once and there are no signs of life.  Defibrillators give an electric shock through the chest wall and help to restore a normal heartbeat. No one knows who will suffer from cardiac arrest, but what is known is that the speed of response, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation within the first few minutes will improve the patient’s chance of survival and recovery.


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