Diss Business Forum is appealing to businesses within our membership to raise funds for an additional defibrillator in Diss.
As part of our continued support for nominated charity Diss First Responders, DBF wants to buy and install a new machine that will be available for public use 24 hours a day, as well as raise awareness of how crucial defibrillators are in the event of a cardiac arrest.
The location of the proposed defibrillator is yet to be determined but the aim would be to reduce the distance in the town between existing public machines currently available.
Rachel Hillier from Diss First Responders said: “With our area being over 25 miles from any hospital and our ambulance service having to cover major distances on mostly single carriageway roads, having defibrillators easily accessible to the public is of vital importance in a medical emergency where the first few minutes are of vital importance in maintaining life.”
She added: “I can't thank Diss Business Forum enough for their tremendous support to Diss First Responders over the years and their plan to install another Public Access Defibrillator will be of huge benefit to our community.”
We hope to have completed our fundraising effort by next February and have already planned some HeartStart events so local businesses can find out more about how easy it is to assist someone in a medical emergency. The defibrillators offer automated assistance with the support of an ambulance service 999 operator who can guide the user through the necessary procedure until an ambulance arrives on the scene.
DBF Chair Leigh Thurston said: “We have supported Diss First Responders invaluable work in our community for a number of years now and are delighted that our members have selected them as our nominated charity. This new defibrillator could literally be the difference between life and death. We want our members to be a real part of our fundraising efforts and help us to raise the money at dedicated fundraising events.”