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Selectamark’s SelectaDNA: ‘Protecting the Heart of the Community’

A team of Community First Responders has joined forces with a British Heart Foundation charity to protect public access defibrillators in the New Forest from theft. Bransgore Community First Responders and Heartstart Bransgore New Forest have marked 11 defibrillators with SelectaDNA, a forensic marking system which will enable the police to identify where they have come from in the event that they’re stolen and recovered.

The defibrillators are housed in distinctive yellow cabinets and are ready to be used in cases of cardiac arrest. Local residents are within just eight minutes’ reach of this vital piece of equipment.

Community First Responders are volunteers trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until medical support arrives. Other equipment carried by the team on their emergency call-outs is also being marked with SelectaDNA and registered to the national police-approved database.

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Mike Jukes, group co-ordinator for Bransgore Community First Responders, said: “Although there hasn’t been any problem with theft, it was considered prudent to take steps to permanently, yet discreetly mark the defibrillators in such a way that they could be identified if stolen and later recovered by the police.”

In 2016, the team attended several hundred emergency calls and were available ‘on-call’ for over 7,000 hours, which equates to over 81% of every day averaged out across the year.

Jukes went on to explain exactly why the new SelectaDNA initiative is so important to the local community. “The potential for our team to arrive on scene before an ambulance, especially in rural areas, is vital in providing immediate life-saving treatment. Helping patients at a critical time is our primary role, and we need to be confident that vital equipment, including public access defibrillators, is there and ready to use when we need it.”

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Team TDSi ‘Wears It Red’ to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation

The dedicated team at integrated security solutions development specialist TDSi recently supported the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Wear It… Beat It’ fundraising day by wearing red and enjoying a fine selection of red food. 

Embracing the spirit of the event, the TDSi team members each came to work wearing a red item of clothing (donating £1 each to the charity in order to do so) and enjoyed a delicious selection of red-coloured foods including home-baked cakes, sweets, jellies, fruit and fruit-flavoured drinks along with an array of suitably coloured delicatessen meats.

The event has a serious side, though, in terms of raising awareness around serious health issues. Indeed, the British Heart Foundation charity estimates that one-in-four individuals will suffer from heart and/or circulatory disease at some point in their lifetime.

Sarah Phillips, TDSi’s product and marketing manager, commented: “As a company we’re very socially aware and believe in supporting good causes. As a team we raised an impressive £70 for the British Heart Foundation. These funds will go towards life-saving research and combating life-threatening diseases. We also had a great time, sharing in the fun of a good-natured fundraising event with the whole team taking part to support what is a very worthy cause.”

Team TDSi at hq on the day of the British Heart Foundation-centred event

Team TDSi at hq on the day of the British Heart Foundation-centred event

The event follows a charity Bake Off challenge held at the company’s Poole offices last November in aid of the Boo charity. Members of the TDSi team competed to produce the best sweet treats as judged by a panel of staff members.

Established in 1982, TDSi has been at the forefront of the access control and integrated security management market for over 30 years. The company’s diverse and comprehensive product range encompasses access control systems, biometric readers (fingerprint and facial), security management software, IP CCTV cameras and storage media and Video Management Software.

Its portfolio of solutions can be easily integrated with other security and BMS applications and may be deployed at businesses and organisations of all sizes and types.

With customers all around the world, millions of people rely on TDSi cards every day to gain secure, reliable access to installations. ISO 9001 accredited, TDSi’s access control systems range from standalone products to networked and integrated systems for all sectors.

The company serves end user customers across a wide range of sectors, among them healthcare, finance/banking, education, transportation (including ports and airports) and the utilities as well as industrial and commercial/retail sites.

Clients include Bristol International Airport, the University of the West of England, Guildhall School, Natwest Bank, Bentley Motors, Vodafone, Université de Caen, CHU de TOURS, Ecole Centrale de Nantes and Arcelor Mital.

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