New Community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD) has been installed outside of The Jenny Lind Inn in Hastings Old Town and can be accessed quickly 24 hours a day.
However, there are fears that the lifesaving unit may be stolen or vandalised due to having open access to the public. Lez, an employee at the Jenny Lind, spoke of his worries of the defibrillator being stolen.
‘Unfortunately because it’s open to the public, it is at risk of being stolen or vandalised. There was another unit in the old town that had to be moved a few times. There is CCTV but that just doesn’t deter people anymore’.
The unit, which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm and pump again following cardiac arrest, is one of the few that has been installed throughout Hastings in the last 4 years.
James Bacon Councillor said that he was ‘keen to see more of these defibrillators in the Old Town and seafront area’.
A donation from the Senlac Rotary Club paid for the machine and 1066 Community First Responders thanked Vince from the JS Fire Protection for installing the cPAD free of charge and the Jenny Lind for agreeing to house it.