Public Access Defibrillator

Bromham has a Public Access Defibrillator. Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, in conjunction with Bedford Borough Council, earmarked some financial reserves to purchase and install, public access defibrillators in the community, which would help save the lives of people who suffer a cardiac arrest. Beds Fire & Rescue Service in liaison with our local Ambulance Service identified Bromham as an area which would benefit having a defibrillator installed.

A CPAD (also referred to as an Automated External Defibrillator AED) is a portable defibrillator especially designed for people with no medical background.  When applied to the victim, voice commands and screen messages will guide the user step-by-step through the process and its intelligent technology will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm.   AED technology opens a window for the public to take on a key role to support emergency services who would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim.  The AED will be sited in a vandal proof metal box, on the outside wall of Bromham Village Hall, and requires a small electrical supply to maintain the battery. The access code to the box will be given by the Ambulance Service Control room when a caller dials 999 and reports a possible cardiac arrest. Consumables e.g. battery (4 year life), and chest pads, will be replaced by the Ambulance Service, and a village ‘custodian’ would carry out some basic visual checks weekly, to ensure the AED is operable.

Further information on defibrillators in the community can be found on the Community Heartbeat Trust website www.communityheartbeat. org.uk