Morrisons supermarket chain has installed defibrillators in all of its supermarkets. The company also arranged for over 2,300 of its employees to be trained in CPR and using the machines. Morrisons have received a St John’s Ambulance Everyday Hero award for the installation of the equipment.
“We hope it’s reassuring for customers, colleagues and the local community to know that we have defibrillators in Morrisons. We have staff trained in first aid and CPR, but a defibrillator boosts a person’s chances of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest, so we’re pleased to have them in our stores,” said the group retail director of Morrisons, Gary Mills.
“Our Everyday Heroes awards recognise those who give and champion to give first aid to make a real difference. This huge undertaking by Morrisons to keep people safe has already reaped the rewards of lives saved and is a most deserving winner of our Workplace Hero award,” said Mark Farmer, director of first aid services, St John Ambulance.
“Up to seven out of 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest could survive if they are treated with a defibrillator within the first five minutes. We know from our research that members of the public would like to see more of these vital devices in their neighbourhood.”