RCIPS receive defibrillators

Caledonian Group recently donated four Automated External Defibrillators to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

Bodden Town Police station (which covers the three Eastern districts of Bodden Town, North Side and East End), West Bay Police Station, the Traffic division and Uniform Support Group will each now be well equipped with the potentially life-saving devices which have the ability to restart the heart, should an individual suffer a cardiac arrest.

Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ennis said the RCIPS is extremely grateful to Caledonian for this vital donation to the Service.

‘AED machines are an integral part of life-saving equipment becoming increasingly common in public places,’ he said.

‘As a first response emergency service, the RCIPS is often the first on the scene at an incident such as a traffic accident and therefore such a device may well be needed, should an officer have to undertake life-saving procedures. It is therefore vital that we are well stocked throughout the Service with AEDs.’

Mr. Ennis said that the RCIPS has already equipped part of its marine response units with the defibrillators and officers are therefore well trained in their usage. Having these four additional units will only strengthen its ability to protect the public.

‘We are very much hoping to equip our Sister Islands police stations with similar devices, as well as the rest of our marine units, in the future,’ he said.

Caledonian Group Director Bernard McGrath said his company was delighted to donate the machines to the RCIPS.

‘Making AEDs available in public and private places where large numbers of people gather can greatly assist our community and individuals who are at risk for heart attacks,’ he said.

‘Public access to these machines plays an integral role in providing lifesaving aid to people suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Caledonian is pleased to have partnered with the Cayman Heart Fund in an effort to help them achieve their goal of providing an AED machine in all public areas.’

Caledonian has actually purchased five such defibrillators of which four have been donated to the RCIPS, and one will be placed in their organisation where several of their employees will be trained to operate it.

‘We commend Caledonian for being good corporate citizens and making this donation and we are still appealing to the business community to continue this campaign and make the community in general a safer place by making a donation to this important cause,’ said Dr Sook Yin, chair of the Cayman Heart Fund’s AED campaign.