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Council to examine defibrillator emergency procedures following man’s death

Council will examine the emergency operating procedures for defibrillators outside working hours following the death of a man in Co Fermanagh earlier this month.

The 51-year-old man  believed to have suffered a suspected heart attack at around 12.20pm on February 14 while walking along the board walk on Cuilcagh Mountain.

However, the case was highlighted by DUP Councillor Margaret Tinsley, who highlighted the fact that a working defibrillator was inaccessible given the incident happened outside normal council hours.

She has called on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to look into the emergency operating procedures in case of a similar situation was to arise locally.

Speaking at a recent committee meeting, councillor Tinsley highlighted the tragedy and wondered if lessons could be learned.

“Despite a defibrillator being located at the park, the incident occurred outside staff working hours with the barrier to the facility closed which prevented the emergency services reaching the gentleman,” she said.

Councillor Tinsley asked if a similar incident was to happen within the Borough, would the emergency services have access to a key to enter the sites and did all Council facilities and parks have access to a defibrillator.

The Head of Health and Recreation that she would report back on the location of all the defibrillators in the Borough and examine the emergency operating procedures outside working hours.

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