Defibrillator donation

Two life-saving pieces of equipment have been donated to DZG.

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Thanks to the Tromans family from Wollaston and West Midlands Ambulance Service, two automated external defibrillators, used to restart the heart following a cardiac arrest, have been installed on site – one in the Discovery Centre and the other in the staff clocking-in office at the zoo entrance.  

Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “Sudden cardiac arrest often occurs without warning and we understand getting the right medical treatment within minutes is vital.

“By installing these defibrillators at the top and bottom of the zoo site means our trained first-aiders will have access to the necessary equipment at all times.”

Mytyl Tromans, alongside her daughter Nina and daughter’s partner, Dean Banks, visited the zoo with West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager, Andy Jeynes and paramedic, Lee Farley, earlier this week to hand over the devices and also provide training to eight members of zoo staff.

Matt added: “We’re thankful to the Tromans family and West Midlands Ambulance Service for their generous donations and for providing the training and pleased we can help protect the well-being of zoo visitors and staff – although we hope no-one will need to use them.”

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Rothschild’s giraffe, Kubwa, oversees the presentation to DZG Curator Richard Brown by WMAS Paramedic Lee Farley, WMAS Community Response Manager Andy Jeynes, Nina Tromans, Mytyl Tromans, Dean Banks.

Mytyl Tromans was keen to donate the defibrillator to DZG in memory of her late husband, Ray, who passed away last year.

Mytyl said: “At Roy’s funeral I asked for donations so that I could buy a defibrillator in his memory. I got in touch with the ambulance service and, as Roy had worked in Dudley all of his life as a financial advisor, I decided to donate the defibrillator to the zoo as they hadn’t got one.

“I wanted it to go somewhere to benefit the general public and in Roy’s memory I’ve achieved something which I hope will help to save a life.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager, Andy Jeynes said: “With more than 80 staff and thousands of members of the public on site each year it makes perfect sense to have live saving devices on hand to help in times of an emergency.”