The Deeside community now has access to a fully-registered Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) thanks to a donation by Tata Steel in Shotton.
Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate—a charity committed to improving the survival rate from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests—explained: “In an emergency, every minute matters. We work with partners to install publicly-accessible AEDs in locked cabinets, which are registered with the Welsh Ambulance Service.
“If someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the emergency services can then direct a member of the public to the nearest defibrillator, which could be life-saving.
Jamie continued: “This is the first one we have installed in Deeside Industrial Park thanks to the donation by Tata Steel.”
The AED is located on the roundabout to Zone 2 of the Deeside Industrial Park, by the main Service Station.
Tata Steel’s Works Manager at Shotton, Bill Duckworth, said: “Flintshire County Council were looking to increase the number and visibility of AEDs in the Deeside Industrial Park, and asked if local employers could support the scheme.
“It was music to our ears - it’s of real benefit to the local community and something we wholeheartedly wanted to support – both in terms of funding and in raising awareness of the importance of accessible AEDs in our local community.
“We have been using defibrillators here at Shotton Works for over ten years and have over 20 across the site.”
Commenting on the donation, Flintshire’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Economy, Councillor David Healey, said: “I am pleased that Flintshire County Council has been instrumental in making it possible to install AEDs on Deeside Industrial Park. It is so important for people to have access to these lifesaving defibrillators. Working with partners on the Flintshire Safety Group, our officers have identified where to place them and I’m delighted to see the first one in situ, with a further three due to be located very soon.”
Jamie added: “A big thank you to Tata Steel for its generous donation, not only on behalf of AEDdonate but, more importantly, on behalf of the local community in which Tata Steel operates.”
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FACTS ABOUT TATA STEEL SHOTTON
- Shotton recently donated another AED device to the Buckley Working Men’s Social Club
- Shotton site is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year
- Shotton has just launched a sustainability commitment and is reducing its carbon footprint by 20% this year alone
- Shotton sells more than 500,00 tonnes of premium coated steels each year
- Shotton site employs over 700 people directly along with many supporting contractors
- Shotton’s Colorcoat® painted steel products and cladding systems were used in both the roof and wall cladding at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, as well as many other stadiums throughout the UK and Europe
- Shotton has produced ‘Ikea Blue and Ikea Yellow’ Colorcoat® for many of the company’s stores
- All 87 floors of the Shard in London are made from steel galvanised at Shotton. The building contains nearly 1,000 tonnes of steel processed in Shotton
Caption: Tata Steel’s Shotton works has donated a defibrillator, located at Zone 2 of the Deeside industrial Park
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About Tata Steel UK
- The Tata Steel Group has been named one of the most ethical companies in the world, and is among the top producing global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes.
- Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2050 at the latest, and to have reduced 30% of its CO2 emissions by 2030.
- Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. It also benefits from a network of international sales offices around the world.
- Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes, supplying high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering.
- Tata Steel Group is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world.
- The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $32.83 Bn in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.