A COUNCIL leader is calling for defibrillators to be installed in all supermarkets – and he has started by writing to Tesco.
Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward said he would like to see the life-saving devices in all large stores.
Put simply these are life savers. It is the first response when somebody is having a heart attack that is the most vital.Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council
He has written to Scott Moonan, the store manger of Fareham’s largest supermarket, Tesco in Quay Street to call on him to bring one into the store.
It ties into The News’ Heartbeat campaign, which is aiming to see the number of defibrillators in public places in this area doubled from its current total of about 70.
He said: ‘I’m on something of a crusade to see defibrillators provided wherever possible.
‘While visiting the store to see a baby CPR class in the community room, I asked where their defibrillator was sited and was surprised to be advised that they did not have one despite the fact that the staff are trained in resuscitation techniques.
‘I’m working to ensure that all public buildings run by the council have defibrillators and I really do believe that Tesco stores should have them.
‘It’s a fact that the first response to a fibrillating heart needs to be within just a few minutes, generally sooner than an ambulance can attend. For that reason defibrillators save lives and should be in every large building that the public use.’
Mr Moonan said he would be happy to look into getting a defibrillator for his store.
He said: ‘We would be delighted to work with the council and The News on this important campaign for Fareham.’
The store will now look at ways of raising the money to buy one.
A Tesco spokesman said that some supermarkets do have defibrillators and that the supermarket chain was considering bringing them into more stores.
Last month, a publiclyaccessible defibrillator was installed at The Fareham Pub, in Trinity Street after publicans Martin and Diane Munns spent the past year fundraising for it.
They raised £3,500, which paid for the £1,500 defibrillator and five weeks of CPR training for staff and pubgoers.
There are also defibrillators at Fareham Civic Offices which were installed on each floor six months ago. Nearby Fareham Leisure Centre also has defibrillators.
Cllr Woodward is in the process of getting them into all public buildings such as Ferneham Hall.
He said: ‘Put simply these are life savers. It is the first response when somebody is having a heart attack that is the most vital.
‘That’s why defibrillators should be in every building accessible to the public shops as well as council buildings.’