Working closely with our Emergency Services
Cariad is delighted to work closely with the emergency services within our communities promoting the importance of defibrillators and life saving skills. Cariad has provided front line emergency response vehicles with Zoll AED Plus defibrillators to enable these vehicles to react and respond to sudden cardiac arrests, in an attempt to reduce the time for a defibrillator to reach a casualty.
Cariad has been overwhelmed by the support from communities in assisting the purchase of several new emergency response Co-Responder vehicles for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Co-Responding is a scheme that aims to provide the earliest possible response to life-threatening medical emergencies. The first co-responder scheme was introduced in 1998 at Reynoldston Fire Station Gower.
Since the introduction of the scheme in 1998, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has attended 22,297 medical emergencies.
The success of the Co Responder scheme promoted a further initiative whereby Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has equipped all front line fire appliances with automatic defibrillators. Working with the charity Cariad, all appliances now have defibrillators on board.
Cariad team members work closely with emergency service staff interacting with schools, communities and businesses to encourage the use of defibrillators and CPR. This also includes fund raising activities to help provide more defibrillators. Please keep a look out on our social media sites to find out when an event is happening near you.
Working closely with our local health authorities and ambulance service is vital to ensure defibrillators are easily available when needed. All the defibrillators that Cariad provides must be made accessible to public for emergency use and logged onto the ambulance control database. This will then enable 999 call handlers to direct a member of public to the nearest available AED.