City Watch, Liverpool’s public reassurance and crime reduction service, and the North West Ambulance Service have teamed up to ensure staff are trained in using defibrillators .
NWAS have provided City Watch with six defibrillators, free of charge for use on patrol vehicles, at the cruise liner terminal and at Calderstones Park where the team is based.
Now they are involved in training staff in the use of the life-saving equipment. Two City Watch officers have qualified as trainers and all 26 patrol and response staff are undergoing a programme of training.
Some external contractors working on council sites are also to be included in the training.
Councillor Peter Brennan, Mayoral Lead on Community Safety, said’ “We are very grateful to the Ambulance Service both for providing the defibrillators and carrying out the training.
“City Watch staff deal with large numbers of people in their day to day business, and at events and gatherings which attract large numbers of the public. When required they also respond to incidents involving vulnerable people.
“So it is very important that all the officers are fully trained in the use of defibrillators – it could be the difference between life and death for some people.”
Rob Sharples, NWAS Community Resuscitation Development Officer, said; “No one knows when a person will suffer a cardiac arrest – but with 30,000 occurring outside of hospital a year, it’s imperative that access to defibrillators by individuals with the confidence to use Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation is more widespread.
“For every minute a person suffering a cardiac arrest does not receive treatment, their chance of survival decreases by 10%. But for every minute earlier a person can administer CPR and/or defibrillation the patient’s chance of recovery increases by 14%.
“We’re delighted to be working with City Watch, and Liverpool City Council, in making the city a safer place.”