Uckfield and District Lions Club, Uckfield Town Council and Ridgewood Pavilion Committee have jointly funded the purchase and installation of a defibrillator at Ridgewood Village Hall .
The defibrillator is situated on the outside of the pavilion, beside the main entrance, and is available 24/7 for public use.
The Ridgewood Village Committee is planning to arrange some training in its use, by the First Responders, in the near future.
An 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. It is argued that AEDs should be as broadly deployed as fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
Uckfield Lions, working closely with the First Responders, have now been involved in the provision of thirteen defibrillators in Uckfield and the surrounding villages with the recent additions of the defibrillators outside Tesco at Manor Park and Ridgewood.
The other defibrillators are situated outside the Uckfield library, by the signal box at Uckfield station, the pavilion at Victoria Rec, West Park Pavilion, Forresters Hall (Harcourt Road), pavilion at Maresfield Rec and Wealden Indoor Bowls Centre(Maresfield) all of which are available 24/7 and the Belmont Centre, Uckfield Rugby Club, Buxted Sports pavilion (Buxted Park) and UCTC which are only available when the buildings are open.
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotogaphic)