Last week while at a meeting we got an update on the First Responders operating in the area.
The First Responders are a group of local people who are trained on the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and are on 24-hour call. They make use of a mobile AED which they pass between themselves depending who is “on call”.
According to the report the quickest turn-around was just two and a half minutes, however, the ambulance service took 20 minutes to respond. Unfortunately, ambulance response times are between 20-30mins and sometimes more in this area. Access to essential public and private services is a serious disadvantage of living / working in a rural community.
The family in question said they’d barely put down the phone! In my eyes this is proof the project is working and shows the importance of a service like this.
Following the death of a man in Maguiresbridge the following week, there was questions asked on how this could have happened, given that there are AED devices located at the primary school and also in a cabinet outside the chemist shop in the village. The location of both devices was news to me. Being interested in the topic, I looked online for the location of static defibrillator cabinets in the area and found that there was quite a lot of inaccurate or non-existent information. Here are a few of my findings:
http://www.heartsafe.org.uk/AED-Locations - Another website with great potential, but using Google Maps and absolutely no information on AED’s in County Fermanagh
So I decided to make a few phone calls and fire off a few emails. Basically I am trying to locate as many defibrillators in the county as possible and put them into the OSM database. I have created a uMap in order to view the data. Please see the following link - http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/defibrillator-locations-in-county-fermanagh_56527
The map is very much a work in progress and any help, feedback or suggestions would be gratefully received.