Last month I wrote to Cllr. Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure at Essex County Council on behalf of the Stanway Action Team, to ask if signage for defibrillators could be considered in Essex to help save valuable time during an emergency.
Praise goes to the volunteer Colchester Community First Responders for their continued action to install more of these potentially life-saving devices across our communities.
Dear Cllr. Bentley,
Defibrillator Road Signage
Listening to a recent webcast by Robert Goodwill MP for Scarborough and Whitby, he made the case for officially approved highway signage for defibrillator locations to highlight directions to a defibrillator in the case of an emergency.
The clip can be found here www.youtube.com/watch?v=tya-uHf0X2I
Colchester has seen a huge increase in the installation of these potentially life-saving devices in the past twelve months, currently more than 31 public access devices are available across the borough, many of which are cared for by the voluntary organisation Colchester Community First Responders (CCFRs).
Visible location of installed cabinets and defibrillators in and around Colchester can be found on the CCFRs own website at www.colchestercfr.co.uk/defibs-map/ and is a valuable aid to highlight where a resident’s nearest defibrillator is located.
As the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure at Essex County Council, would you please lend your support to create a nationally recognised defibrillator access sign and to install these signs at acceptable places around the borough of Colchester and Essex.
Additional signage directing users to their nearest defibrillator at the ‘final point of discovery’ really could help save valuable time and ultimately, could help save lives.
Stanway Action Team