New defibrillators installed at fire station and railway platform in Sudbury to move town closer to target of 20 machines by end of 2020
Two more pieces of life-saving equipment have been installed at prominent locations in Sudbury, as the local community defibrillator campaign moves closer to its goal of having 20 up and running by the end of 2020.
Sudbury Town Council confirmed a new 24/7 defibrillator is now available to use outside Sudbury Fire and Ambulance Station in Gregory Street, in aid of the drive to ensure all residents are within two minutes of such a device in the event of an emergency.
Separately, another new machine supplied by the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, with support from Greater Anglia, has been put in place on the platform at Sudbury railway station.
The defibrillator outside the fire station was funded by Ballingdon Street resident Graeme Weir, who also paid for the equipment outside Sudbury Town Hall, and has pledged to finance two more.
Deputy town clerk Jodie Budd thanked Mr Weir for his generosity and the fire and ambulance service for accommodating the latest installation.
She added that his contributions would enable further devices in Waldingfield Road and Cornard Road in the coming months.
“It’s a really important project,” she told the Free Press. “We are heading in the right direction towards reaching the target.
“Some people have asked why we have put a defibrillator at the fire station, when that’s where the local ambulance service is based, but, now that it’s on the outside of the building, everybody can access it.
“They do save lives at the end of the day. The aim is to cover the town so that everyone has got a defibrillator within grasping distance.”
The campaign was launched last year by cardiac arrest survivor Andy Read, who also hopes to organise educational sessions, so members of the public can feel confident in how to properly use a defibrillator.
Wil Tel, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s district commander for West Suffolk, said: "We were delighted to be approached to install one of these units and were happy to agree immediately.
"A sense of community is important to us in Sudbury, we already share the station with our colleagues in the ambulance service and joining up with the town council strengthens our links across the town.
"Our firefighters appreciate the difference that this equipment can make, as we often support incidents alongside the ambulance service."
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