Council to extend availability of defibrillators across district

Published: 19th April 2016

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is to extend its provision of defibrillators at its premises across the district.

Defibrillators, which provide a shock to the heart when a person is experiencing a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, have already been installed by the Council in a number of its premises including its four leisure complexes; Fermanagh County Museum (to include Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre); the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, Newtownbutler Community Centre and the Ecclesville Centre in Fintona.

Following an internal review of defibrillator provision at Council facilities, the Council has committed to installing the device at a number of additional Council owned or managed premises over the coming months.

Premises include The Grange; Lisnamallard House; The Sperrin Centre; the Public Services Centre; the Strule Arts Centre; Gortush depot; and the Council’s three community centres, all based in Omagh. Defibrillators will also be installed in the Townhall; the Intec Centre; and The Ardhowen in Enniskillen.

Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, has welcomed the decision taken by the Council to extend its provision of defibrillators across the district.

“In cardiac arrest every second counts. Defibrillators can provide lifesaving medical assistance when it is needed most and the Council is pleased make this investment to extend the availability of defibrillators across the district,” said Councillor O’Reilly

“I would also encourage residents to undertake a first aid course. The couple of hours taken to attend one of these courses could help to save a life in the future,” he added.

All relevant defibrillator costs such as purchase, installation, maintenance and staff training will be met by the Council.

As well as installing defibrillators in a number of additional Council owned and managed premises; the Council also plans to explore the provision of defibrillators in Council owned but third party managed premises which currently do not have them and to identify other possible suitable locations for defibrillators across the district.

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