Wates Construction, currently building Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority’s new Saughall Massie Fire Station, has gifted a brand new defibrillator to the community as part of its ongoing community work in Wirral.
The new automatic external defibrillator has now been installed on Wates’ site hoardings until it can be transferred to the new fire station next year, where it will be fully accessible to the local community.
The donation forms part of Wates’ investment in the local area, which has also seen the team work with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority’s Upton fire station to coordinate food collections for Wirral Foodbank.
Wates has been on site at Saughall Massie Fire Station since building work began in the summer. Work includes the construction of a single-storey two-bay fire station with offices, meeting rooms, external drill and training facilities and car parking.
Designed to blend with the local landscape, features of the project include a green sedum roof, soft landscaping and bird and bat boxes to support biodiversity. Building work is set to complete in April 2019.
Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North West & North East, commented: “We are working closely with our client and our neighbours to find meaningful ways to give back to the local community and ensure that our presence on site positively benefits the local area. Cardiac arrest affects 12,000 people every year and community defibrillators are vital for increasing a person’s chances of survival, and this donation makes myself and the wider team very proud.”
Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Dave Mottram, said: “We are pleased that this potentially life-saving piece of equipment is to be installed at Saughall Massie Fire Station upon its completion. This will be a valuable asset for both staff and members of the public. Having a defibrillator on site will be extremely beneficial should a cardiac arrest situation arise as we know how important it is to have that equipment on hand quickly.”
Cllr Steve Williams, added: “We are delighted that Wates Construction have given a defibrillator for our community in Saughall Massie. We have them in parts of Moreton, but none at this end of the ward. We are grateful that Wates have installed it now at the building site entrance, rather than wait for the Fire Station to be completed. Whilst we hope it won’t have to be used, it is great comfort to know it’s there when needed, and will in all possibility, save lives.”
Nicholas Blair, Community Resuscitation Development Officer for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said: “We’re really pleased that Wates have been able to place a community public access defibrillator (CPAD) at their site in Wirral as these life-saving machines are vital in the event of a cardiac arrest. Not only will this be important for the staff working at the site but it can also be accessed by the whole community when needed.
“When a patient is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival is reduced by 10 per cent with each passing minute which is why early CPR and defibrillation is so important. NWAS is passionate about teaching people basic first aid skills and placing community access defibrillators in as many locations as possible so that more lives can be saved.
“If someone suddenly collapses and stops breathing, it is important to dial 999 as soon as possible and our emergency medical dispatchers will give you all the instructions you need. They will let you know if there is a defibrillator nearby and how to access it.”