Several local schools successful in AED bid
SDLP South Down MLA and spokesperson for Culture, Arts and Leisure Karen McKevitt has congratulated all pupils and staff from the forty five schools selected to receive an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as part of the legacy of the recent World Police and Fire Games 2013.
Successful schools in the Newry and Mourne and Down District include Bessbrook Primary School, St Joseph’s Convent Primary School, St.Malachy’s Primary School, Camlough and Windsor Hill Primary School.
The devices, manufactured by HeartSine Technologies in Belfast, were stationed at each of the venues of this year’s Games and today they were presented to the schools that submitted the best entries explaining why their school should receive an AED.
The Assemblywoman commented, “I would like to congratulate all the schools who received an Automated External Defibrillator at today’s event in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to absolutely anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender or creed. We increasingly hear about young adults and children suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest particularly during sporting event,” McKevitt continued.
“As a parent of five children I find this very worrying. Thankfully we now have technology that can help save lives with research proving that using an AED along with CPR can increase survival rate to over 70% while also allowing time for the paramedics to arrive on scene.
The SDLP MLA added, “I firmly believe that every school should have an AED on the grounds. These devices really can make the difference between life and death and just as we wouldn’t allow a school to be without life-saving equipment such as Fire Extinguishers we should not allow our schools to be without defibrillators.
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