Pendragon PLC recently agreed a deal with St John Ambulance, which will see the installation of ZOLL AED Plus defibrillators at all dealerships, service centres, accident repair body shops, and preparation centres across the group's network.
Two Doncaster based dealerships - Stratstone BMW and Evans Halshaw Nissan - which are both owned by the Pendragon group were amongst the first to be fitted with a defibrillator.
On Tuesday 14th August, Simon Dunn, Regional Director - North at St John Ambulance joined Sharon Collins, Group Insurance Risk Leader at Stratstone and Marcus Hallam, Head of Business at BMW Doncaster. Two volunteers from the charitable organisation, who demonstrated how to use the machine, were also in attendance.
The Health and Safety team at Stratstone constantly review their business operations to ensure team members, customers and visitors are safeguarded at all times by regularly risk assessing and updating safe systems of work.
With the continuous and rapid changes in vehicle technology - particularly in automotive workshops - and the anticipated increase in supply and servicing of electrified vehicles, Stratstone's Health and Safety team felt it essential to provide all business locations with a defibrillator. More than 200 ZOLL AED Plus devices will be installed over the next month.
Sharon Collins, Group Insurance Risk Leader at Stratstone said:
"We chose St John Ambulance as our supplier because in addition to supporting the NHS with their own ambulance response services, they also provide first aid training for team members across all Stratstone dealerships in the UK.
"Our aim is to provide peace of mind for all team members, customers and members of public in the event of an emergency and having an AED available at all of our sites will contribute greatly to this. The availability of a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death and we are proud to be working alongside St John Ambulance on this project."
Simon Dunn, Regional Director - North, from St John Ambulance said:
"For each minute that passes, the survival rates of a casualty who has suffered a cardiac arrest drops by 10%. This is why quick access to a defibrillator is vital. Not only will the AEDs benefit Stratstone's staff and customers, but the local community too, ensuring they have lifesaving equipment nearby when they need it the most.
"We are delighted to be able to support Stratstone with the purchase of these easy-to-use defibrillators."