A Welsh Ambulance Service campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of bystander CPR and defibrillation is being supported by North Wales Police.

Photograph of a defib in Police HQ

#Defibuary is an annual campaign and throughout February people are being encouraged to take a selfie with their nearest defibrillator and send details of its location via Twitter to their social media account.

A number of police stations across the region have external defibs fitted. No formal training is required as the devices are designed to give clear instructions to the user to ensure the safety of both the rescuer and the patient without any prior knowledge or experience.

Deputy Chief Constable Richard Debicki is encouraging members of the public to back the campaign by highlighting their community defibs. He said: “Every second counts when someone goes into cardiac arrest.

“A number of our officers have been trained in the use of the defibrillators and by having them located at some of our police stations and fitted into some of our fleet will allow them to provide enhanced medical aid if required when they are first on the scene of serious incidents.”

In April 2019 North Wales Police announced that life-saving defibrillators had been fitted in all Roads Policing Unit vehicles and GoSafe vans across the region.

The Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) allows officers and staff to provide potentially life-saving care in emergencies and deployed in cases of out of hospital cardiac arrests in support of Ambulance Service colleagues.

Armed Alliance Officers already carry defibrillators in all of their vehicles and they are also installed in other police vehicles in the Gwynedd South area due to their rural location.

DCC Debicki added: “If someone is in cardiac arrest time is of the essence, so North Wales Police are proud to fully support the Defibuary campaign and hope as many people as possible will get involved via social media to highlight their local community device.”

Fiona Maclean, the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust’s Patient Experience and Community Involvement Manager, said: “Defibuary is a fantastic campaign that promotes life-saving CPR and defibrillation whilst encouraging everyone in the community to get involved in a defibrillator hunt.

“Last year with the help of the public, we identified 129 new defibrillator locations that were not registered on our system and we’re hopeful we can uncover even more this year.”

Do you know where your nearest defibrillator is located?

External defibrillators are located outside the following:

  • Abergele Police Station
  • Bala Police Station
  • Bethesda Police Station
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog Police Station
  • Chirk Police Station
  • Deeside Police Station
  • Denbigh Police Station
  • Flint Police Station
  • Holywell Police Station
  • Llanberis Police Station
  • Llandegai Roads Policing Base
  • Llangollen Police Station
  • Llanrwst Police Station
  • Llety’r Dryw, Colwyn Bay
  • Overton Policec Station
  • Porthmadog Police Station
  • Rhos Police Station
  • Rhuddlan Police Station
  • SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre), Colwyn Bay
  • Unit 31, St Asaph Business Park

Internal defibrillators are also located at Police Headquarters in Colwyn Bay, the Joint Communications Centre in St Asaph, Rhuddlan, Llay Police Station, Wrexham Town Police Station and the Scientific Support Unit and Divisional Headquarters in St Asaph.

To get involved in the campaign please follow @WelshAmbPIH on Twitter and use the hashtag #Defibuary2020. Please remember to add the location details (including the postcode) of the defib.