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Council House death prompts call for defibrillators in Halesowen
8:40am Friday 27th April 2012 in Black Country News
A defibrillator was pivotal in saving Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba’s life and Hayley Green and Cradley South Councillor Ken Turner wants Dudley Council to buy the life-saving machines as quickly as possible.
Though the move would cost in the region of £100,000 for forty machines Cllr Turner believes the money is more than worth it.
He said: "Everyone has seen how important these machines can be in saving lives after Fabrice Muamba was kept alive due to one being at the Tottenham ground.
"And after a member of the public died at a meeting in Dudley Council a few weeks ago I think it is time we installed difibrillators in leisure centres and public buildings across the borough."
He added: "Ambulance crews would be able use the new network of defibrillators and lives would be saved, the machines cost between £1,500 and £2,000 each and we might need to invest around £100,000 but that is nothing compared to the price of one life.
“The cost of losing one life to a community’s economy can be over a million pounds so the cost of installing defibrillators is nothing in the long run.”
Defibrillators help keep people alive after having a heart attack and take little training to work meaning that council employees could easily use them to treat people in case of emergency.
Councillor Turner, who works closely with Age Concern, is also hoping to get the portable machines installed at the charity’s premises in Halesowen.
Councillor Turner added: “I will be speaking to the leader of Dudley Council Councillor Les Jones about this and also raising the possibility of money being used from the area committee capital funding budgets.”
A man collapsed at the March 12 Development Control at Dudley Council House and later died.
Halesowen Councillor Hazel Turner, who was at the meeting, said: “It was very upsetting and I totally agree that the council house and other buildings should have defibrillators on the premises.”
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