High Sheriff to cut ribbon on fire station defibrillator

Wed 17 Jun, 2015

Mrs Francesca Skelton, the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, will cut the ribbon on a public access defibrillator at Princes Risborough Fire Station this Friday (19 June).

It has been provided by Risboro’ Garage and Accident Repair Centre as part of its support for the Rural Community Defibrillator Project. 

The project’s aim is to place defibrillators in accessible places in Princes Risborough and surrounding villages so that early and often vital treatment can be given to patients suffering life-threatening emergencies until an ambulance arrives.

Rural Community Defibrillator Project spokesman Paul Rogerson said: “It is a recognised fact that if treatment to stabilise a patient’s heart is provided quickly, then the patient has a much improved chance of making a full recovery. We want to give people in trouble an increased chance of survival.”

The defibrillator ceremony, hosted by Jason Thelwell, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, and Councillor Adrian Busby, Chairman of Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority, will form part of an open morning at Princes Risborough Fire Station, which has recently been refurbished.

Two other fire stations – Brill and Winslow  already have public access defibrillators, and there are plans to install at least another five, and to carry the potentially life-saving equipment on fire engines.

Other guests at the open morning will include representatives from:

  • South Central Ambulance Service.
  • Defibrillator suppliers WEL Medical.
  • Princes Risborough’s community first responders, who can often provide an initial response to a medical emergency in the area before handing over to South Central Ambulance Service.
  • Princes Risborough Golf Club, which funded the Rural Community Defibrillator Project’s first public access defibrillator earlier this year.
  • Risboro’ Garage, which has also provided an ambulance for the community first responders.

Chief Fire Officer Jason Thelwell, said: “This scheme is a further step towards achieving our aim of making Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the safest places in England. 

“Our job is to save lives in our community. and we will continue to embrace new ways of working with partners to reduce deaths and injuries.”