Firefighter raising cash to install lifesaving equipment in Halesowen

Firefighter Stuart Henley knows the importance of life-saving equipment and is delighted to have helped raise funds for a defibrillator and bleed kit to be installed at Merryvale Nursery in Halesowen.

With the new defibrillator and bleed kit, from left manager Michelle Colwell, supervisor Nikola Tonks with Stuart Henley, at Merryvale Nursery, Halesowen
With the new defibrillator and bleed kit, from left manager Michelle Colwell, supervisor Nikola Tonks with Stuart Henley, at Merryvale Nursery, Halesowen

Stuart, aged 50, who is based at Dudley Fire Station but lives locally, is now trying to raise £2,000 through a JustGiving page to have the life-saving equipment installed at the Express Taxis base in Halesowen.

He has also helped gain funding from local people and businesses for a cabinet to be installed at The Swan pub as a first aid training company has offered to provide equipment on permanent loan.

Stuart said that as a firefighter for about 23 years he knows how important it is to save as much time as possible in emergency situations.

He said: "I've been doing a community project to get defibrillators installed in Halesowen North.

"These defibrillators and bleed kits will save lives while people wait for the emergency services to arrive and every minute counts.

"I approached three places with the idea of getting them installed at Merryvale Nursery, The Swan public house and the base for Express Taxis.

"They all agreed to allow them to be installed on their properties.

"Merryvale Nursery, had previously started a fundraiser to get one installed but due to the Covid-19 pandemic had put this on hold.

"They were pleased when I approached them and volunteered to assist in getting the kits.

"I am delighted that this has now been installed and will be registered with 999 call-handlers very soon.

"Each full kit set up and fitting costs totals around £2,000.

"Fortunately, I have only got to raise enough for the cabinet and bleed kit for these to be installed at The Swan as a local first aid company has offered to donate a defib on long-term loan.

"I am now hoping people will donate to the JustGiving page to provide funds for the equipment to be installed at the Express Taxis base."

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