Listers Volvo have partnered with West Midlands Ambulance Service

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Listers Volvo Worcester have installed a defibrillator machine within their dealership in a drive to save more lives, and improve life chances should a customer, employee or passer-by suffer a cardiac arrest.

Defibrillator machines are becoming more common in public places, but have yet to be installed in workplaces in significant numbers.


Their management team decided to invest in the machine in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service in a bid to make a difference should someone in the vicinity need assistance in the event of a cardiac arrest.

In 2014, West Midlands Ambulance Service launched a scheme to install 500 automatic external defibrillators across the region. The project has led to a near 10 per cent increase in the number of times a machine has been used in an incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “For every minute after the heart stop beating, your chance of survival drops by 10% so it is easy to see how important defibrillators are in the case of a cardiac arrest.”

“They are not difficult to use, even if you have had no training. So, we would urge everyone to make sure they know where their nearest defibrillator is as you never know when it might be your turn to try and save a life.”

Alex Dennis, Dealer Principal, commented “This is a fantastic programme and we are proud to be part of it. We have hundreds of staff and customers in our dealerships and we take their welfare very seriously.”

“For us as a vehicle repairer and servicing facility, our technicians are working with increasingly sophisticated tools, much of it electronic based, consequently, we felt it was particularly important that we had access to the right equipment which could make all the difference to a person’s life chances when suffering a cardiac arrest.”

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading cause of death in the UK. There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the UK each year, but the overall survival rate is less than one in 10 (source: British Heart Foundation). The automatic defibrillators require no medical training to use and are regularly checked and serviced as part of the rental package. When opened, the automatic defibrillator provides clear vocal instructions telling the user what to do. There is no risk of accidental shock as one will only be administered if the heart is in a ‘shockable’ state.

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