Vital life-saving equipment installed on Plymouth's Waterfront
As part of a joint initative we've bought a new defibrillator for Commercial Wharf, which together with 3 new defibrillators bought by the Council and one by Wave After Wave for Firestone Bay now give an additional 5 defibrillators to go with the current four other public defibrillators at Yacht Haven, Mount Batten Watersports Centre, Liner Lookout (The Hoe) and at Royal William Yard to provide greater coverage across the Waterfront.
Staff at Waterfront businesses as well as wild swimmers will be offered the chance to be trained in how to use this crucial equipment.
Vital life-saving equipment is being installed across the Plymouth Waterfront as part of the city’s commitment to providing safe access to the waters of the National Marine Park.
Five new defibrillators are being installed at
• Commercial Wharf, Barbican • Terrace Cafe The Hoe • Coffee Shack, West Hoe • Waterfront Pub, West Hoe • Firestone Bay, at the public toilets
The defibrillators are part of a wave of improvements, which has been made possible through the Government’s Getting Building Fund.
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership earlier this year announced that £625,000 of the fund would be allocated to improve safe physical access to the National Marine Park.
The Council is covering all installation costs and securing permission from building owners to provide power to the defibrillators (this is necessary to keep pads warm when outside temperatures drop below freezing).
WATERFRONT BUSINESSES FREE TRAINING COURSES
The Council is also arranging the free training courses on CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and how to use the new lifesaving automated external defibrillator equipment (AED).
The training will be held on Tuesday 22 June at the Waterfront Pub, with the first course running from 9am until 1pm (24 spaces available) and the second course from 1.30pm until 5.30pm (24 spaces available).
The nationally recognised AED course will be run by The Royal Life Saving Society UK which is a governing body for lifesaving, in association with the Surf Lifesaving Club.
Other improvements that have already appeared on the waterfront are 14 sea swimming safety signs at key locations.
The signs highlight the health risks as well as benefits of sea swimming and give people a list of top tips to think about before entering the water. The RNLI and many others have been consulted on the content of the safety signs
Councillor Maddi Bridgeman, Cabinet member for Environment and Street Scene said: “Nothing is more important than making sure people are as safe as possible when they go into the sea. It’s absolutely brilliant to see so many people enjoy the Sound - either on it or in it. But being at sea or in the water always carries a risk. We hope people find the signs useful and while we hope the defibrillators will not have to be used, they are available should they be needed.”
Diane Mansell, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership added: “Having life-saving equipment at key points across the waterfront is massively reassuring for anyone who wants to use the water."
Tor Froud of Wave After Wave said: “We’re delighted to be working with the City Council and National Marine Park to make important safety improvements, which we’re part funding from our successful crowdfunder.”
Pauline Barker of Devon and Cornwall Wild Swimming Association added: “It’s also great to know that there is funding for training for wild swimmers and businesses based on the waterfront.”
More physical improvements will be appearing over the coming months, including two eagerly-awaited swimming platforms as well as repairs to the shoreline.