Billingshurst emergency assistance donates in-store emergency response

A typical wall mounted defibrillator which can increase a person's chances of survival by up to 14 per cent
A typical wall mounted defibrillator which can increase a person's chances of survival by up to 14 per cent

SCATS Countrystores in Billingshurst is to be provided with a permanent in store defibrillator thanks to their links with the Billingshurst Emergency Assistance Team (BEAT).

BEAT, who are supported by the South East Coast Ambulance Service and The British Heart Foundation, will be providing the life saving equipment which can increase chances of survival after a collapse, by 14 per cent.

Andy Frey, who works at the store, is also a volunteer Community First Responder for BEAT and provides quick responses to life-threatening 999 emergencies prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chances of survival.

Andy said: “It’s reassuring for anyone coming in to the store to know that we are trained and equipped to deliver excellent first aid and the new equipment allows us to respond to a number of emergency situations quickly.”

A poster notifying customers to the presence of the equipment will be displayed at the entrance of the store which provides goods and services for farmers, country dwellers and the general public.

For more information contact SCATS Countrystores on 01403 782031 or email billingshurst@scatscountrystores.co.uk

Contributed by SCATS Countrystores.