Sopra has been supporting Defibs4kids with the creation of invaluable and lifesaving mapping data, which will be used by staff on the 999 emergency line to tell the caller if there is a portable defibrillator at their location, where exactly it is in the building and who is trained to use it.
"Where are all our defibrillators?"
At the Irish Assembly, Minister Poots said that people need to know where the reported 1000 defibrillators are in Northern Ireland so that they can be readily accessible in emergencies. Defibs4kids is already well underway to answering this question, and chaired a very productive meeting on 12th December on data gathering and mapping defibrillator locations.
Pictured (L-R) are: Art Kernan (Defibs4kids), Stephanie Leckey (British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland), Dr David McManus (medical director, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service) and our geospatial intelligence mapping experts, John Hewitt (Sopra) and Dr David McMcIllhatton (UUJ). Also present were Education Board Health and safety Officers, Brendan O'Reilly and Clare Caldwell.
"We would like to thank the University of Ulster for hosting the meeting and to thank Dr David McIlhatton and John Hewitt for all the innovative work they have been doing in helping to map locations."
This is a campaign that has been inspired by a child in St Colman's Primary School, Eoghan McConville, who has had open heart surgery and is now actively playing sport. The campaign was launched on Wednesday 5th June 2013 with the help of a number of Irish sporting personalities and the Minister of Health, Edwin Poots, and the Minister of Education, John O'Dowd. We aim to have defibrillators in all schools by 2015 and we are delighted that both Ministers are supporting our campaign and we hope that they will be able to assist with training and funding.