Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
Many CFS appliances are now carrying Automated External Defibrillators (AED), or more commonly known just as a Defibrillator. Contrary to popular belief, the AED actually stops the heart using an electric shock allowing the body to restart the heart into a normal rhythm. A definition of Defibrillation is 'treatment by stopping fibrillation of heart muscles (usually by electric shock delivered by a defibrillator)'.
The CFS has a duty of care to protect the volunteer members of the service, and these devices can be used for crew members when at an incident, or members of the public who require assistance.
Photographs on this page taken by Ashley Hosking, CFS Promotions Unit