Ifold near Billingshurst
has become the next village in West Sussex
to become HeartSafe®. The secure green HeartSafe® cabinet containing a life-saving defibrillator was funded by Billngshurst Emergency Assistance Team
(BEAT) with help from Plaistow & Ifold Parish Council. BEAT was launched in February 2006 as a Community First Responder Scheme within the region covered by the South East Coast Ambulance NHS Trust
, and now has 14 active responders spread across this rural part of West Sussex.
The Oak Tree Stores (Plaistow Road)
in Ifold is the location of BEAT's fourth Public Access Defibrillator BUT it is the first site where the equipment is available for anyone to access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The South East Coast Ambulance NHS Trust is working with BEAT to run awareness and demonstration sessions with local residents on the use of this life-saving equipment.
Pictured above from left to right is Sharon Overington (owner of Oak Tree Stores), Paul Berry and Jane Price (both from BEAT) with Stuart East (from Plaistow & Ifold Parish Council) during the launch of the cabinet and defibrillator.
If you are a Community First Responder and/or live in a rural location, please contact us at AED Locator (E.U.) Ltd on 01275 332323 about how to make your community HeartSafe®.