Community organisations can now apply for a free defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation.
Successful applicants will receive a defibrillator, complete with pads and kit accessories, a cabinet, replacement pads and batteries when required (when they expire or are used with the defibrillator) and resources for RevivR online CPR training.
To be eligible for a free, BHF-funded defibrillator, you must:
- keep the defibrillator in the provided cabinet, unlocked and uncoded so that it’s accessible to the public 24 hours a day
- make sure that the cabinet has a constant electricity supply so that the defibrillator stays at the right temperature in cold weather and is visible in the dark
- have a clear need for the device (for example, be in a busy location, or where a public access defibrillator (PAD) is not within 200 metres)
- have authorisation from the property owner to install the defibrillator
- register the defibrillator on The Circuit (the national defibrillator network) within 4 weeks of installation
- be committed to promoting BHF’s free online RevivR CPR training in your community with the resources provided
A limited number of funded defibrillators are available in each annual funding cycle. Areas prioritised include those with fewer registered defibrillators and communities where local health needs indicate a higher risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Applications close on 28 February 2024 and you can find out more about how to apply on the British Heart Foundation website.