Chester Race Company has funded four new, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) which from today, will be their way to City Centre locations and will come to the aid of anyone within the vicinity suffering from a cardiac arrest.
Automated External Defibrillators can be found in a variety of public spaces such as Shopping Centres, Gyms and Train Stations and these new additional devices will take the number of life-saving AEDs in the City from 16 to 20. With a number of machines already registered for use in Chester when there’s a need to dial 999, the additional locations will be a welcome addition for the City’s many residents and visitors as well as the North West Ambulance Service.
At a cost over £1,000 per unit, the briefcase-sized life-saving boxes were purchased by Chester Race Company after several meetings with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Pubwatch, and with guidance from Blacon Defibrillators and North West Ambulance Service.
Historically, defibrillator machines have only been accessible at Chester Racecourse on racedays but from today, the Holiday Inn Express on New Crane Street (adjacent to the racecourse) will house one of the four machines, a crucial location being positioned alongside an arterial route into the City. Additional AEDs will be located at The Shropshire Arms on Northgate Street and Ye Old Queens Head on Foregate Street. The fourth and final Defibrillator will be located at Commonhall Street Social. The handover of the four machines to managers of these venues coincides with a day’s training and installation by the venues.
Frank Marnell, Chair of Chester Pubwatch said: "After several meetings with the Council and Chester Pubwatch, Chester Race Company agreed to fund four new defibrillators for members to hold on their premises in the City. This generous contribution shows the Race Company’s commitment to its membership of Pubwatch by providing necessary equipment and training through the Ambulance Service volunteers as a precaution in the event a person needs immediate resuscitation.”