Marbella's public areas now have a total of 23 defibrillators, which can be used to save lives in the case of cardiac arrest. This figure was reached on Thursday last week after the town's Rotary Club donated eight new units to the council, which will be shared between government buildings and the police force.
The mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, the president of the group, Antonio Valverde, and the head of the local police, Javier Martín, met for the presentation of the units, four of which will be fitted to police cars, while the other four will be installed in council buildings in Las Chapas, Nueva Andalucía and Urbanismo (Planning Department).
“I would like to thank the Marbella Rotary Club for their continued support, which, in this case, will help to increase the wellbeing of local residents. This is an important contribution to a campaign that we started several years ago, having already installed 15 such units,” the mayor said.
The mayor added that with the new defibrillators “we will be able to better respond to instances of heart attacks in our town”, as well as highlighting the “importance” of training. She said that a total of 180 local police officers have been taught how to use the equipment.
“We began this project when we received five defibrillators from the charity DYA, which focuses on provisions for medical emergencies. We then acquired another ten which we distributed among police cars, council buildings and markets around the town,” said Muñoz, adding that her intention “is to extend this campaign to other public places and beaches”.
The representative of the Marbella Rotary Club, Antonio Valverde, said at the presentation that the organisation was focused on “using its donations to help out the most disadvantaged people in society” and that “we will be very satisfied if we can save lives with this campaign”.