TrustFord, the UK’s largest Ford dealership group, has invested £90,000 this year to install defibrillators across all of its 65 dealerships.
The investment includes a Wi-Fi-connected automated external defibrillator (AED) solution, meaning the group’s devices will be automatically monitored to ensure they are “rescue-ready” at all times.
The AEDs, which are supplied by Aero Healthcare UK, will be installed at a central location to facilitate a rapid response to anyone in need.
The installation process will include training materials so that designated users at each site can operate the defibrillators safely.
According to the British Heart Foundation, less than 1 in 10 people survive cardiac arrest outside of hospital, but prompt access to an AED can increase the chance of survival by 75%.
TrustFord has pledged that if one of the defibrillators is used to save a life, the survivor will receive a defibrillator to donate to a charity or organization of their choice.
Stuart Mustoe, Acting Chairman and Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of TrustFord, said: “The installation of these defibrillators will be a valuable long-term investment in the health and well-being of our colleagues and customers, which is a top priority for us at Trust Ford.
“We hope none of these defibrillators will ever be needed, but felt it was imperative to ensure we had the wherewithal to offer the best form of assistance, should the worst happen.”