London Heathrow Airport in the UK is to give away 65 of its old defibrillators to community groups, charities and small organizations around the airport.
Defibrillators can provide a lifeline when someone suffers a cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival while medical help is on its way. The airport has recently updated all the devices in its terminals and, after thorough testing, intends to ensure the previous models go to good use. Heathrow is offering to donate Lifepak 1000 units, all of which are under 10 years old and still in full working order with new batteries, a carry case and strap. The devices are free of charge to any local community group that could benefit from one. According to the airport, the units only require new pads, which cost around £10 (US$12) to replace.
Becky Coffin, director of communities and sustainability at Heathrow, said, “A defibrillator in the right place can be a genuine lifesaver. That’s why we want to make sure that every single one of these is given a good home in the local community. Anyone from a local group who thinks they would benefit from a free defibrillator should get in touch to register their interest.”