Estepona town hall has put out to tender a contract for 17 automated external defibrillators (DEAs) to be located in the El Carmen, La Lobilla, Santo Tomás de Aquino, Cancelada and San Fernando sports centres, the athletics stadium, the Fernando Muñoz Pérez stadium, the Padre Manuel cultural centre, the Puertosol building and the departments of Bienestar Social y Consumo. Two will also be given to the Civil Protection unit and four to the Local Police.
The contract will run for two years at an estimated cost of over 56,000 euros and will include the maintenance of the apparatus as well as the spread of basic information on their use and reanimation techniques.
At the moment, there are 16 DEAs placed around the town, one of which was recently donated by a mother who lost her son as the result of a heart attack at the skate park. The town hall has not yet stated whether the 17 new DEAs will be in addition to or will replace the existing machines.
Meanwhile, the department for health of the Junta de Andalucía has declared the historic centre of Estepona as 'Zona Cardioasegurada' as it can now offer rapid and effective attention to anyone havng a heart attack.