Hospitality & Tourism

Published: January 21, 2022 | Updated: January 22, 2022

‘Forward-thinking’ hotel association praised as defibrillators sited at ten locations in BCP area

Staff from the Holiday Inn Bournemouth, Hampton by Hilton, Hotel Collingwood and the Grove hotel receiving training from Craig Matthews, Director, Your First Aid Safety Training Ltd (fourth left). Picture: Paul Collins/PC Visuals.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Ten defibrillators have been bought by BH Area Hospitality Association (BAHA) and placed at strategic hotels across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

It means that if there’s an emergency in either the hotel or surrounding community a defibrillator can easily be reached.

Various life-saving situations have happened in recent years with no access to defibrillators available.

Both Tim Seward, the association’s Chair, and Rosie Radwell, Vice Chair, have saved someone’s life in their own businesses in the last two years.

They’ve welcomed the addition of the new defibrillators as neither had access to one at the time.

As part of the Additional Restrictions Grant stream 3 funding from BCP Council, BH Area Association has also started 2022 by running further training courses to help support hotel staff.

The courses range from fire marshall to first aid as well as using the defibrillators.

Craig Matthews, Director, Your First Aid Safety Training Ltd, who supplied the defibrillators, said his company was “honoured and excited” to work in partnership with BH Area Hospitality Association.

He added: “The difference that having accessible defibrillators at strategic locations means that if a visitor or resident of the local community were to suffer a cardiac arrest, they would now be in a far stronger place for survival.

Peter Baerwinkel, General Manager, Holiday Inn Bournemouth, receives his defibrillator from Craig Matthews.

“As a training company that fully endorses having defibrillators in the workplace, it’s fantastic to support such a forward-thinking, proactive initiative.

“It is hoped that this will set the benchmark for hotels and communities across the UK.

“This demonstrates a true commitment from the hospitality sector to health and safety and the welfare of its guests.

“I cannot praise enough the work of Tim Seward, Chair, and the committee of BAHA for this forward-thinking idea.”

Rosie Radwell, who is pictured receiving a defibrillator for the Marsham Court Hotel, and Jason Davis, Vice Chairs of the association, said  “These defibrillators are crucial in helping all our hotel staff first aiders’ assistance to save anyone’s life.

“A great investment for all”

In the coming weeks BH Area Hospitality Association will be registering the locations of the defibrillators  with South Western Ambulance Service.

It means that not only can they be used in hotels where they’re located but can also be accessed in an emergency for people in the local area.