Join the YAS Defib Hunt and help save lives

By Dave Doyle | 04/10/2017

Join the YAS Defib Hunt and help save lives
Defibrillators are usually yellow or green.

AN AMBULANCE service campaign is asking selfie-snappers to help map defibrillators around the region.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) wants people to snap the life-saving kit and send pictures through social media, using #YASDefibHunt.

This way, the service hopes to confirm the locations of over 2,400 devices around Yorkshire — including those not registered with them.

While unregistered kits might still save lives, call handlers cannot direct 999 diallers to them in an emergency.

Paul Stevens, head of community resilience, said: “We need to make sure that every single defibrillator purchased is registered with YAS so we can ensure they are put to good use in the event of a cardiac arrest.

“So we would urge members of the public to support our YAS Defib Hunt, which will ultimately help us to save more lives.”

Defibrillators deliver an electric shock to someone suffering a heart attack. They require no training to use and will not shock if it is not needed.

They are often in yellow or green cabinets and are sometimes marked with a white heart on a green background.

But some may just be mounted on a wall behind a bar, in gyms, leisure centres, workplaces, schools, restaurants or railway stations.

Anyone who spots a defibrillator is asked to take a selfie with it, then send the snap to YAS with its exact location — building, street and town.

Tag the post with #YASDefibHunt on Twitter (@YorksAmbulance), Facebook (@yorkshireambulanceservice) or Instagram (@YorksAmbulance).

Defibrillator pictures can also be emailed to corp-comms@yas.nhs.uk.

Even without a photo, details of a defib’s whereabouts are still useful.



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