New lifesaving equipment installed in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City

Two new defibrillators have been installed at White Lion Square in Hatfield Town Centre and at Guessens Grove sheltered scheme in Welwyn Garden City.

Mayor, Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gail Ganney joined the Leader of the Council, Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Councillor Fiona Thomson, Councillor James Bond and other Cabinet members and council officers in White Lion Square.

The defibrillators were funded by grants from Hertfordshire County Council Public Health to which Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Housing, and Councillor James Bond, Mayor of Hatfield, made applications. The defibrillators were supplied through the charity London Hearts.

A defibrillator is a device used to give a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall when someone is in cardiac arrest. Each defibrillator is logged on the ambulance despatch system and someone dialling 999 for a person in cardiac arrest will be given the code to open the cabinet to access the lifesaving equipment.

Councillor Fiona Thomson said:

Unfortunately cardiac arrest remains a leading cause of death.  Public access defibrillators are vital in enabling early access to lifesaving equipment.  Evidence shows that if someone has fallen victim to cardiac arrest, then the earlier the defibrillation the greater chance of survival and the better their quality of life post-survival.

Councillor James Bond said: "We of course hope that these defibrillators are never needed but early access to this lifesaving equipment will make a valuable contribution to saving lives."

To mark the installation of the defibrillator in Hatfield, Mayor, Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gail Ganney joined the Leader of the Council, Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Councillor Fiona Thomson, Councillor James Bond and other Cabinet members and council officers in White Lion Square.