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Life-savers put in place for schools and offices.

Byline: Anuji Varma Health Correspondent

LIFE?SAVING devices have been distributed to organisations and schools in Birmingham by St John Ambulance.

Topclie School, in Castle Vale V and Bishop Wilson Primary School, in Chelmsley Wood, are amongst eight public buildings to have de[euro]brillators installed in their premises.

e machines, called Automat A -ed External De[euro]brillators (AEDs), have also been given to mac Birmingham, Perry Barr Greyhound Stadium, and Pertemps in Chelmsley Wood, whilst the organisation is in talks with other businesses.

Volunteers from V St John Ambulance raised more than PS6,000 by climbing Ben Nevis to raise money to buy four of the machines.

Birmingham based Evac+Chair International Ltd, which supplies and manufactures emergency equipment, then boosted the total of machines to eight by agreeing a 'buy one, get one free deal' for its Cardi-Aid AEDs.

e chances of survival fall 10 per cent for every minute that passes without an AED being used and survival rates can be as high as 75 per cent when patients are treated with the right care in time.

Louise Tomlinson, St John Ambulance Unit Manager, said: "is has been a fantastic fundraising team eort and we are delighted that we have been able to make a big contribution towards saving the lives of people in Birmingham.

"We are very grateful to Evac+Chair for making such a generous oer to match our fundraising and that has doubled the dierence we can make."

e AEDs will be accessible by members of the public and are all easy to use with full instructions.


Paramedic volunteers, from left, Andrew Gillman, Taylor Bushell, Paul |Smallwood, Craig Thompson, Scott Tyler, Adam Aston and Louise Tomlinson

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Aug 21, 2014
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