A public access defibrillator (PAD) has been fitted at Waen Wen Community Recreation Centre in Trebanog.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall of someone who is in cardiac arrest.
The PAD and its protective casing was provided by local housing association, Trivallis and South Wales Police and fitted by Trivallis electricians Leighton Aylward and Christopher Hughes.
Steve Williams is Trivallis’ neighbourhood manager for the area and helped to organise the fit of the PAD. He said: “This facility means so much for the community of Trebanog. Not only could it provide a lifeline for those in desperate need but it will hopefully bring people together to learn skills and meet others who live in the area.
“It’s great to see so many organisations coming together to provide this lifeline for Trebanog, we are hoping to roll this out in other communities in the future.”
Free training on how to use the PAD is being provided by the charity Welsh Hearts, with rooms offered for use in the community centre by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. This training will be available to staff of partner organisations who work in the area and, in the future, the people of Trebanog.
PC Nigel Bird, neighbourhood beat manager for the South Wales Police, said: “We are pleased to have purchased this PAD that is fitted at the heart of Trebanog and will be available for use by the public.
“Being able to provide this facility for the people of the town is a great example of organisations such as Trivallis, the South Wales Police, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Welsh Hearts working together. I really hope that many people will get involved in the training being made available so, should the need ever arise, they could possibly save a life.”
There are cameras fitted to the community centre overlooking the PAD which will help to monitor the condition of the machine and check for any inappropriate use or vandalism.
The PAD was fitted outside the community centre for use by the public. Anyone can use a PAD, providing they call the number displayed on the box to obtain the code. An advisor will then talk through the process of using the defibrillator with the caller in order to ensure effectiveness.
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