Article by The Enquirer: Billericay MP John Baron cut the ribbon for the Billericay Street Pastors at the launch of two new defibrillator units in the High Street.
The Street Pastor’s project came to life at a meeting outside Billericay Police Station on Friday, 5 December and first community responders also attended.
The defibrillator gives electrical energy to someone who has had a heart attack and have been supplied by the Community Heartbeat Trust. Funding has been raised by local fundraising from Burstead Golf Club, Essex Police, One Stop Shop, Hazels Pottery Barns and The Fun Walk Trust.
The Billericay Street Pastors have hosted the project in line with their Community Involvement and are now placing the defibrillator outside the police station and in a public phone box in association with the British Heart Foundation and the local community first responders.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by John Baron"]These defib units are excellent news for residents, and well done to Phil and the Billericay Street Pastors for co-ordinating the fund-raising. On behalf of the community, our thanks go to all concerned.[/quote]
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Phil Norton, Billericay Street Pastor"]We handed over the first defibrillator outside the police station and then moved to the phonebox outside Connells Estate Agents and launched the second one with lots of interest from the public. We have now handed the oversight and running and training of defibs to Dan Bunce from Community First Responders. Let’s hope and pray that if anyone has a cardiac arrest in our High Street then one of these Defibs might save their life or keep them alive long enough to say their goodbyes to family and friends.[/quote]
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Carl Carrington, EEAST Community Partnership Training Officer"]The Trust is really happy to have two community public access defibrillator sites in Billericay. We would like to thank the people involved and the CFRs for agreeing to service and manage them. We hope it will make a difference to the people of Billericay.[/quote]
Several other defibrillators are dotted around the town, including at Mayflower High School, and the football and tennis clubs. The units provided by the Street Pastors are available for all members of the public, who will be given an access code by an ambulance service call handler enabling them to unlock the CPAD in an emergency.
The cost of buying, installing and keeping each CPAD securely is around £1,800.
Article and image by The Enquirier