Defibrillation course to open soon for general public
Twenty-four defibrillators are being installed throughout the municipality of Lagos in a bid to set up a local defibrillation network capable of saving lives.
The initiative is part of the Municipal Programme of Automated External Defibrillation (PMDAE), which aims to establish a network of trained and certified personnel equipped with Automated External Defibrillators who are capable of responding to cases of cardiac arrest in their vicinity.
The first four defibrillators have already been installed at local schools (Júlio Dantas, Tecnopolis, Gil Eanes, and Escola Básica das Naus). Five defibrillators are also due to be placed soon in vehicles of security and emergency forces operating in the municipality (Civil Protection, Municipal Police, PSP, GNR, and Maritime Police).
The defibrillators will also be placed at municipal buildings and in public areas, namely Luz, Espiche, Almádena, Barão de São João, Bensafrim, Chinicato, Odiáxere, and Lagos (Infante Square, Santo Amaro Market, Gil Eanes Square, and next to Town Hall).
The local council, with the help of civil protection and firefighting authorities, has trained more than 300 people to operate the devices when and if needed, while a Basic Life Support AED course will be carried out soon, open to any local citizen.
“This initiative reinforces the municipality’s strategies in terms of safety and health for residents and visitors, also calling for the involvement of the entire community. Stay tuned to the municipality’s communication channels, where all relevant information and the programme’s operation will be provided,” the council says, adding: Everyone can save lives.”