Council reaches 100 per cent target for AEDs 

by Rose Barrett
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Councillor Angela Donnelly (SF for Ongar) welcomes the 100pc target reached for AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) in Fingal County Council supported community facilities, writes Rose Barrett.

The target to provide an automated external defibrillator in each FCC supported community facility over the past three years has been reached. The AED is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It is a sophisticated yet easy to use medical device that can analyse the hearts rhythm and if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation to help to re-establish an effective rhythm.

FCC is also rolling out Cardiac First Response training at all sites to ensure that at least 25pc of the community facility staff are adequately trained. The plan is to ensure that all staff employed in Fingal’s community centres will be proficient in the use of the AED equipment in 2024. Several first aid emergency instances have occurred in centres where staff have had to deal with emergency situations.

“Thankfully due to the high level of training provided, they were able to manage the emergency until the arrival of the emergency services. This project will further support Fingal County Council’s commitment to making the difference and possibly saving lives,” said Cllr Donnelly.

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