Public Access Defibrillator
Buckland Parish Council has overseen the installation of a public access defibrillator (“PAD”) in the centre of the village. The PAD is stored in a secure weatherproof cabinet and has been registered with the South East Coast Ambulance Service. If someone has need of a defibrillator and a 999 call is made, the emergency services operator is able to direct them to the location of the nearest PAD and to provide them with the code to access the cabinet.
The Parish Council, on behalf of the local community, extends thanks to the British Heart Foundation (“BHF”) for providing the defibrillator at a significantly subsidised price and to Buckland Nurseries and the staff at The Jolly Farmers who jointly funded the community contribution needed to secure the support of the BHF. The Parish Council has funded the purchase and installation of the cabinet and agreed to fund the ongoing costs of replacement batteries and electrode pads.
We are fortunate to have local volunteers willing to teach you CPR and other emergency life saving skills as part of a BHF backed initiative called Heartstart. Three groups of twenty have now completed Heartstart courses in Buckland and a sign up list for a fourth course has been started. If you would like to attend a 2 hour Heartstart Course please contact us.