A new, potentially life saving Defibrillator has been fitted at Titchfield Park, Hucknall thanks to funding from Council grant schemes.
The defibrillator, funded by grants from Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council by local Councillor, Cllr Phillip Rostance, was installed at the request of The Friends of Titchfield Park.
The park, which is well used by local sports teams, recreational groups, visitors and regular park users, now has access to this life saving device should it be needed. The new defibrillator is located on the wall outside the entrance to the Park Café and is monitored and routinely checked by Ashfield District Council.
Defibrillators are vital life saving devices that can significantly increase the chance of survival from cardiac arrest by providing first aid before an ambulance arrives. The defibrillator is accessible to the public and first responders via an access code which is released on calling 999 in the event of an emergency.
Over the past few years Ashfield District Council has installed eight defibrillators across the district.
The park’s defibrillator requires no formal training and is fully automated. It has audio voice instructions that guide the responder through the defibrillation process.
A drop in training session is being held on Sunday 15th July 2018 between 9.30am -12.30pm at the Park Café, where volunteers from Ashfield & District Community First Responders will be on hand to answer any concerns, questions and demonstrate what to do in the event of an emergency.
Cllr. Philip Rostance, Ashfield District Councillor for Hucknall West says “I am happy that the grant money is able to provide such an important piece of equipment to the park, the hope is that it never has to be used, but there are numerous examples where defibrillators have helped save lives. We are encouraging local community groups and sport teams to take advantage of the free training, so should the worst happen they can be confident in using the equipment.”
Cllr John Wilmott, Cabinet member for Social and Council Housing says “The Council has now installed eight defibrillators across the district, with others being provided by local community groups and businesses. It is vital that they are available in parks, which are accessed by a wide range of people and can easily be accessed should they be needed. The Council is committed to increasing the number of defibrillators available across the district.”