The town of Rugeley is now better protected in the event of a cardiac arrest thanks to two new defibrillators being installed in the local area. Both defibrillators are available 24/7 and can be accessed by calling 999.

The defibrillators were kindly provided using funds raised and donated to Rugeley & District Community First Responders. Founded in 2007 Rugeley & District Community First Responders is a registered charity whose volunteers provide life-saving treatment and initial care to the local community in the event of an emergency.

The defibrillators can be found outside The Emery & Burton Garage on Sheep Fair and The Mossley Tavern, Armitage Road.

On the 1st May 2019 AEDdonate Charity in Stone, Staffordshire launched a campaign to install 1,000 Community Access Defibrillators across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

AEDdonate work closely with local communities, residents’ associations, businesses and councils to fundraise, purchase, install and register defibrillators that are public access. The charity works pan-UK and raises awareness, knowledge, and confidence in the safe use of defibrillators and CPR.

In Staffordshire, the average time for emergency services to arrive following a 999 call is 8-12 minutes. In the case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), every minute counts, the person’s survival rate drops by 7-10% for every minute defibrillation (and CPR) is delayed.

During this time, the person’s survival depends on bystanders who initiate CPR and defibrillation from an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50-70%. This means with more public access defibrillators; we could significantly improve survival rates.

Join us at AEDdonate, to install an additional 1,000 Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) across the County to make sure we are all better protected from the UK’s biggest killer.

Call us on 01785 472 224, visit our website or connect with us on Social Media for more information on how you can help.