The local transport company (DKV) has set up life-saving points at three of its locations.
The company has purchased three resuscitation devices, one of which will help to save lives at Petőfi Square.
At the end of January, the ambulance service carried out a successful resuscitation at Petőfi Square. The passenger, who had been taken ill at a tram stop, was taken to hospital from there. In the past year, the local transport company (DKV) has been called for help almost two hundred times. It encouraged the company to join the National Ambulance Service’s “Life Saving Point” programme, as part of which three resuscitation devices were purchased.
One of them was installed in front of the Main Railway Station (Nagyállomás) at Petőfi Square. The busy traffic junction is used by thousands of people every day.
In addition to Petőfi Square, the company will also have defibrillators at its Salétrom and Kígyóhagyma Street sites. Many of their employees have undertaken to learn how to use the life-saving device.
“Some eighty colleagues have been trained in recent weeks. Almost forty of them were drivers, but several managers and clerical staff also took part in the course. We would like to continue this training,” Szabolcs Tóth, CEO of DKV, said at the press conference announcing the installation of the lifesaving points on the 22nd of May, 2023.
On a tram, the so-called “ambu-baba” (a device to practise resuscitation) was used to demonstrate the correct use of the device. Seventy people die suddenly of cardiac arrest every day in Hungary, which is why life-saving points are needed.
“If a person suddenly falls ill in a public place, the chances of a successful intervention are reduced by ten per cent every minute,” Ferenc Korcsmáros, regional director of the National Ambulance Service, said.
Deputy mayor of Debrecen Diána Széles said at the event that young people in Debrecen can already learn about life-saving at school health screenings.
“The main thing is to dare to go to the person in need and help them. In Debrecen, the safety of passengers on buses, trams and trolleybuses is increased by the fact that public transport workers who have voluntarily participated in the training have the necessary knowledge to save lives,” she said.
There are currently thirty lifesaving points in Hungary. Eleven of them are in Debrecen, helping people in need.
Source and photo credit: debrecen.hu