Each year 75,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest in the UK, however chances of survival increase dramatically if someone is treated with a defibrillator quickly.
Fareham Borough Council is committed to ensuring the safety of residents and has rolled out a programme to make defibrillator machines more accessible. The aim is to ensure that every Council owned community centre has its own machine.
Some centres have received funding from the Council; others have had help with installation and staff training. Youth groups and local residents of the centres have also been trained to use the defibrillators in case of emergency.
Defibrillators are available in the following council owned buildings:
Fareham Borough Council also has been running a series of training sessions for its own staff in how to use these machines, which more than 80 officers took part in.
If you'd like to find out where the nearest defibrillator is located in case of an emergency you can download the Save a Life app from The South Central Ambulance Service. The map is constantly being updated as new facilities are installed across the Borough and is available via this link: https://www.scas.nhs.uk/news/campaigns/savealife/