The world-first partnership between Abacus Training and Erwin Hymer Centre Travelworld means that customers can now have their motorhome supplied with life-saving AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) equipment and integrated into their motorhome.
The news has been welcomed by West Midlands’ Ambulance Service. Adrian Gibson, Emergency Control Room Commander with the service said: “We need to be suitably equipped to deal with serious medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrest. It’s becoming increasingly common and can come on without warning.
“Defibrillators are a critical part of caring for a sufferer before help arrives. Unfortunately, only 2% of people who have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital receive defibrillation from a member of the public, according to the British Heart Foundation. This isn’t promising, as 20% of all cardiac arrests happen in a public place! Adding a defibrillator will not only allow you to protect your family but could also come to the aid of a member of the public suffering from cardiac arrest.”
When buying a motorhome, customers will be given the option of having a defibrillator installed. Erwin Hymer Centre Travelworld’s Managing Director, Ross Edwards said: “Having a defibrillator on board their motorhome will provide peace of mind for many of our customers. The training provided by Abacus has been very valuable for our whole team.”
Abacus Training has seen the showroom staff teaching basic life support skills, including how to use the defibrillator devices and give CPR. First aid training is a requirement in all workplaces, but alongside being able to care for colleagues at the office, employees of EHC Travelworld now have a special opportunity to share their new skills with customers and educate them on the importance of having quick access to a defibrillator.
Director of Abacus Training and ex-Paramedic Duncan Parsonage said: “When a cardiac arrest strikes, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces a victim’s survival rate by around 10 percent. Without immediate treatment, 90-95 percent of them prove fatal.
“We’re proud to be working with this leading motorhome company to drive change in the industry. Defibrillators, and training people how to use them, saves lives.”