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Heartstart AED Deployed


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Our Community ‘Heartstart Programme’ has once again been instrumental in helping to save lives, The North East Ambulance Service recently informed us that the AED located at Billingham Masonic Hall had recently been deployed and reported that through the intervention of its use the recipient was now well on the way to making a full recovery.


The joint initiative between the Province and the North East Ambulance Service, with (NEAS)  providing accredited training using the British Heart Foundation heart start, training programme and provide ongoing advice and support to local community and masonic hall members these volunteer trainers.


Each year in Britain around 30,000 people are struck by sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital environments. They can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school, to adults when they’re at home, work or out in public places.


If victims aren’t treated properly, more often than not, cardiac arrests are fatal. The British Heart Foundation’s figures show that only one in ten victims survive. There are a couple of reasons for this sorry figure – namely the lack of education and training.


The deployment at Billingham once again outlines just how big of a difference defibrillators (AEDs), alongside effective CPR, make in the survival rate of victims during this critical time, and the strides we as Freemasons have made in raising awareness of the issue.


A senior (NEAS) representative said “Many thanks to the local Freemasons for helping us to provide this valuable service to the local community.


The necessary post-use maintenance has been carried out and the AED is again ready to be deployed.

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