Posted: Sat 2nd May 2020

Armed police in North Wales receive brand new defbrillators to help people in cardiac arrest

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Officers from an armed policing unit have been given three brand new defibrillators thanks to partnership working with the Welsh Ambulance Service. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The heart-saving devices are used by police during near-fatal incidents they deal with, or are blue lighted to emergency cardiac scenes if they are the closest 999 response vehicle. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Sergeant Natasha Doran-Jones of the Joint Armed Alliance Unit, which covers North Wales and Cheshire, said: “These defibs mean the difference between life and death, because if someone is in cardiac arrest time is of the essence. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We have always carried defibs in our vehicles. All armed officers have to have trauma training and our qualification is European Pre-Hospital Trauma Care. Trauma packs are also carried in our vehicles. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“These brand new defibs will allow us to continue to provide enhanced medical aid if required when we are first on the scene of serious incidents. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We are delighted to be working with the Welsh Ambulance Service to help save lives across North Wales. Equipping officers with this essential life-saving equipment will enable the teams to respond to these critical life or death emergency calls.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Police officers equipped with defibrillators, who are available to respond, will be alerted to a potential cardiac arrest at the same time as ambulance crews, which means that if they reach the patient first, or are already on scene, they can begin providing life-saving treatment until a skilled clinician arrives. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Tomos Hughes Public Access Defibrillator Support Officer for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We are proud to be working with the North Wales and Cheshire Allied Armed Response unit. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Having the response cars fitted with defibrillators is a great opportunity for trained officers to begin the chain of survival on scene. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“For every minute that passes without defibrillation, a patient’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by 10%, so early intervention is key. We look forward to continued work with the unit in the future.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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