A defibrillator has been installed on an exterior wall in Coolcotts, to make it available round the clock to the local community in the event of a cardiac emergency, thanks to a financial contribution from a local councillor.
The life-saving piece of equipment was previously stored Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Family Resource Centre after FAB secured funding towards the purchase of the AED from the Friends of Wexford Cardiac Rehab Unit in 2013.
After office hours it was stored in in the local Londis supermarket.
FAB recently received funding from Sinn Fein councillor Tom Forde, contributed from his discretionary Council allowance, to install the defibrillator in a box outside the premises so that it will be readily available to the community at all times.
The decision to re-locate the defibrillator was taken at a community meeting which was attended by Cllr. Tom Forde and Dylan O' Connor, a local resident and member of the Order of Malta. It was installed last week on the FDYS wall beside Alimax Launderette.
In order to gain access to the defibrillator in an emergency, a person must telephone Wexford Garda Station for the code. Details are written on the defibrillator box.
'We are very grateful to Cllr. Forde for the funding, as this is a valuable asset to the community' said FAB manager Kay Stafford. 'We would also like to say a big thank you to the FDYS for giving permission to install it on their wall, Alex Krumpass from Alimax Launderette for allowing the defibrillator to be wired up to his ESB meter, which will incur charges on his bill, Philip Kelly, the electrician who kindly gave up his time to install the defibrillator free of charge and the staff and volunteers in FAB for working on this project for the community'.
She also thanked the Friends of Wexford Cardiac Unit and Anthony Doyle from Londis for their assistance and support. The Order of Malta is due to deliver training for members of the community in FAB on Thursday, July 18 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you are interested, you can register by dropping into FAB or telephoning 053 9142018.