A new defibrillator on Moel Famau

A new defibrillator (AED) has been installed on Moel Famau between the Penbarras car park and the Jubilee Tower by charity ‘Keep the Beats’ in partnership with The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB which was made possible through a grant from the Awyr Las Covid-19 response appeal thanks to kind public donations throughout the pandemic.

The pandemic saw increased numbers venturing out for local walks which meant there was a greater need to support public safety in rural locations. The need was also highlighted by a cardiac arrest happening within the area and requiring this facility.

Keep the Beats is a dedicated fund and project within The North Wales NHS charity, Awyr Las, which provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. Keep the Beats is run by frontline staff and cardiac patients, who know how vital it is to have access to defibrillators in the community as well as CPR training.

Tomos Hughes BEM, the North Wales Community Public Access Defibrillator Officer, through Keep the Beats is spearheading this project across North Wales to ensure more lives can be saved.
“A cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating. Every second counts. If you don’t do anything, the chance of survival will decrease, every minute by 10%. Performing CPR and using a defibrillator before the ambulance arrives doubles the chance of survival.” Tomos advises.

Keep The Beats is passionate about supporting its North Wales community with CPR and defibrillator training and is asking people like you to be aware of where their nearest community defibrillator is and be prepared to “give CPR a try and not just walk on by”.  Keep the Beats are so thankful to all the local communities who have already helped to install public defibrillators across local towns, villages and rural locations.

North East Wales Search and Rescue (NEWSAR) volunteers welcome the installation of the new AED on the most popular hill in the Clwydian range.

“Thousands of people walk on Moel Famau every week and this will definitely help to save lives in the event of someone suffering a heart attack, sudden collapse and cardiac arrest. Having a Defibrillator on site ready to go will support our rescue teams’ efforts during critical incidents.” NEWSAR Team Leader, Chris Griffiths.

If you would like to find out more about community access defibrillators (AEDs) in your community or would like information about CPR training then please get in touch at awyrlas@wales.nhs.uk

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CALLOUT: Injured person near Llangynog

CALLOUT: The team was called by Dyfed Powys Police following reports of a person injured on a walk in uplands near Llangynog. The team set off to assist and we then used some phone technology to get an exact location. It soon became clear that the stretcher carry would be very long and it was in the casualties best interest to be evacuated more swiftly. We therefore requested assistance from HM Coastguard and the aircraft from Caernarfon picked up the casualty and took them to hospital.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/04/callout-injured-person-near-llangynog/

CALLOUT: Lower leg injury near Garth

CALLOUT: Earlier this evening Welsh Ambulance Service requested our assistance to evacuate a man from a footpath above Garth, Nr. Llangollen. He had sustained a lower leg injury and couldn’t move without assistance. The ambulance crew were already there and just needed our help to move him. Team members put him into our Casualty Bag and then onto our stretcher, before carrying him down to the waiting ambulance.


Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/04/lower_leg_injury_near_garth/

Respect, Protect and Enjoy

Mountain Rescue England and Wales recently published this article on the implications to our countryside of the easing of restrictions on movement. We recognise that if you are reading this directly from our page you probably know most of this already.

What we want to do is to get this message to the wider public who may be visiting upland areas for the first time.  Please consider sharing it.

As the article says, we don’t want to stop access to the countryside, we just want to point out some basics that will actually make your trip safer and make it a better day out.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/04/respect-protect-and-enjoy/

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