Knutsford Town and the Knutsford Community First Responder Trust (KCFRT) won a major award in December. We received a Cardiac Smart Award from the North West Ambulance Service for our work to extend training in the town on first aid and the placement of public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The KCFRT has trained over 1,000 people in Knutsford and runs sessions bi-monthly that are completely free to attend. Additionally the town now has 15 public access AEDs. The KCFRT has also trained many local groups and organisations in emergency life support.
The Cardiac Smart initiative, born from the Chain of Survival Partnership in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), works to extend the network coverage of public access AEDs within local communities across the North West; as well as training more individuals in basic life support skills. The North West Ambulance Service presented Knutsford town with a Gold award, highlighting our exceptional achievements. Councillor Vivien Davies, Sylvia Thomas (KCFRT Heartstart Trainer) and Alan Parker (KCFRT Treasurer) accepted the award on behalf of the town in an awards ceremony held at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium early in December.
Around 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospitals each year, and for every minute a person does not receive treatment their chance of survival decreases by 10%. Cardiac arrest is the most extreme case of an emergency, as the patient loses consciousness at once and there are no signs of life. Defibrillators give an electric shock through the chest wall and help to restore a normal heartbeat. No one knows who will suffer a cardiac arrest, but what is known is that the speed of response, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation within the first few minutes will improve the patient’s chance of survival and recovery