The Corporate Policy and Resources Committee of the Causeway Coast and Glens council met on Tuesday, March 28 to discuss ways of improving access to defibrillators across the area.
Following the meeting, the council agreed to explore the establishment of a defibrillator fund, which would allow community and sports organisations to apply for funding for the devices.
Proposing the motion, Dermot Nicholl, a Sinn Fein councillor representing Benbradagh, pointed out that the British Heart Foundation can provide part-funding for equipment, and suggested that the council establish a fund that would support the provision of defibrillators across the area.
The motion also called for a review of the council’s current provision of defibrillators across its public estate, including leisure facilities, council offices, community centres, and areas of high public footfall. This review would ensure that there are no gaps in coverage and that defibrillators are readily available in case of emergencies.
The council also agreed to undertake a programme of training for staff who have daily contact with the public in the use of defibrillators and CPR. This training would ensure that staff are well-equipped to handle medical emergencies and can provide life-saving assistance if needed.
The council’s decision to increase the provision of defibrillators and ensure staff are trained to use them is a positive step towards making the Causeway Coast and Glens area a safer place for residents and visitors alike.