Derry City Council and City Centre Initiative, in conjunction with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and other partners have been working to deliver the first public access defibrillator to Derry’s city centre.
It is expected that the defibrillator will be located outdoors at the former Ulster Bank building on Waterloo Place.
Welcoming the initiative the Mayor, Cllr Brenda Stevenson, Derry City Council said this was fantastic news for the city and a great facility for local emergency services.
“The provision of a publicly accessible defibrillator in the city centre is very welcome news. I am in no doubt that it will save lives. I would like to acknowledge the partnership effort to make this happen and a big thank you to HeartSafe and HeartSine for donating a defibrillator and protective storage box.
“We have been working with a number of agencies for some time to make this happen and we are delighted that our efforts have been successful and that we are the first city centre in Northern Ireland to have one. This facility provides us with another means of caring for our local community and whilst we hope we never have to use the defibrillator, we have the added peace of mind that it is available should the situation arise,” she said.
Jim Roddy, City Centre Manager said he was delighted that with the partnership approach to this project and the effort made by the various agencies to successfully deliver it.
“There are so many people that die each year from sudden cardiac arrest that it is crucial that public access to these devices is made available. “The availability of a defibrillator in the city centre is part of a the wellbeing requirements of the Purple Flag project, which we secured back in 2011 and have successfully renewed on an annual basis by delivering key projects like this. We are confident that with continued partnership working with our city centre partners this will be the first of a number of defibrillators for the city centre.