Sunday, 14 September 2014

Defibrillator installed in Bath City Centre

The latest publicly-accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in Bath city centre with help from Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The equipment has been recently installed on the outside of the Council’s Northgate House offices in Upper Borough Walls, near the Volunteer Rifleman public house. It will be unveiled by Don Foster, the MP for Bath, at 2.30pm on Saturday 13 September.

It is the fourth such device to be installed in Bath city centre which can be accessed for use by the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week after the access code is given by South West Ambulance. Defibrillators are life-saving devices used when someone is in cardiac arrest and fighting for their life.

The latest AED device has been dedicated to the memory of Dave (Wally) Waldron, a much-loved taxi driver who died of a heart attack in Bath on 19 April 2014. He had been fund-raising for the defibrillator before he died.

It was made possible by a collection organised in The Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms with donations from British Heart Foundation, Dave (Wally) Waldron and ward councillor initiative funding from Councillor Caroline Roberts and Councillor Douglas Nicol. The Volunteer collection is continuing so that further AEDs can be installed in and around Bath.

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