A defibrillator is now in place at Wylloytts Theatre in Potters Bar thanks to a campaign completed by Hertsmere Police Cadets and support from the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme.

Hertsmere Police Cadets leader, Jake Pike said “The Hertsmere Cadets identified an opportunity to give a defib to the local community after completing a research project in the local area and identifying an area which would benefit from a community defib.The cadets decided a 24hr bike ride would allow them to raise the money, as well as push them to the limit.”

The defibrillator at this site will be monitored by a guardian who will perform regular checks to ensure the machine stays active and available for the surrounding community. Anyone needing access to a defibrillator should always call 999 in the first instance and follow further instruction from the call handler.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patients chances of survival.

Call 999
Commence CPR
Early Defibrillation
Early Advanced Life Support

Defibrillators are easy to use and come with either verbal or visual step by step instructions. The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training. Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it. If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6%-74%. Without immediate treatment, 90%-95% of patients will die.

A huge well done to everyone involved, an amazing effort to help protect your local community.