Another defibrillator has been installed in Felixstowe with support from Suffolk Coastal’s Enabling Community Budget.
Cllr Andy Smith donated £1,490 from his budget to support the new portable device at Felixstowe Ferry which can be used by anyone to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest.
This is the fourth device to be installed in the town with help from Suffolk Coastal, bringing the town’s total number of defibrillators to 11.
A number of people nearby will be given training and told the key code needed to remove the defibrillator from the cabinet.
The defibrillator has also been fitted with child pads and is registered with the ambulance service, so emergency callers can be told the code and be given instructions if not sure what to do.
Contributions to the new defibrillator have also come from Ipswich Amateur Boxing Club who donated £200, Felixstowe Ferry Fairways Committee who gave £100 and Mr Bob Vince who provided £20.
Cllr Andy Smith, Ward Member for Felixstowe South, said:
“These life-saving devices are incredibly valuable pieces of equipment that can importantly be used by anyone.
The device talks you through the whole process in the time it takes an ambulance to arrive, which can make the difference between life and death for people suffering a cardiac arrest.
As somebody who has been through a heart attack and heart surgery, I fully understand the need for systems like this to be made available to the community and anyone visiting us.
I’m proud to see Felixstowe now has a considerable number of these life-saving devices placed in crucial locations and I hope we can now support more being installed throughout the district.”