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Heart-friendly Lanzarote presents more defibrillators 

PAGE 14 Heart-friendly  Lanzarote presents more defibrillators

Lanzarote has become a heart-friendly island following the presentation of more defibrillators to the local police and Civil Guard.

The potentially life-saving machines are now situated in all the major locations, including the popular tourist resorts of Arrecife and Costa Teguise.

“These portable electronic devices allow the diagnosis and treatment of cardiorespiratory arrest when it is due to ventricular fibrillation – in which the heart has electrical activity but without mechanical effectiveness – or to a pulseless ventricular tachycardia, that in which there is electrical activity but pumping blood is ineffective. These defibrillators can restore an effective heart rate mechanically and electrically,” a spokesman for Lanzarote Cabildo explained.

In a presentation ceremony, nine defibrillators were handed over by the Safety and Emergencies Consortium, one to each body of the Local Police of the seven city councils; plus an eighth for the island of La Graciosa; as well as a ninth for the National Police.

Similar devices were presented a few days later to the detachments of the Civil Guard of Arrecife, Costa Teguise, San Bartolomé, Tias and Yaiza.

The Consortium has also given seven TETRAS (Terrestrial Trunked Radio, a digital radio accepted for critical communications) to groups of Volunteers of Civil Protection of the Councils of the Island.

Cabildo president Echedey Eugenio said: “The Consortium is at the service of the needs of all citizens. Every day we try to improve the work and coordination with all the security bodies or volunteers because they are also every day in the street, near the residents and it is essential that they have the best training and materials. “