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Each year in Wales over 8,000 people have a cardiac arrest and the availability of defibrillators in the community is vital to help save more lives.

A cardiac arrest means someone’s heart has stopped beating. When this happens normal breathing also stops. Someone in cardiac arrest will become unresponsive and will need urgent medical attention.

A defibrillator or automatic external defibrillator (AED) is used to analyse the heart rhythm of a casualty and give a shock to the heart to someone in cardiac arrest and help it beat again. The device will only give a shock if it’s safe to do so.

Just 48% of us have the confidence to use one of these lifesaving devices but if more people knew how to use one of these lifesaving devices, more lives could be saved.*

Billy's story

Billy's life was saved by a defibrillator, watch his story.

Defibruary was created to help people become more defib-aware so more people can help others in need in our communities.

How can I get involved? 


Learning how to use a defibrillator by booking onto one of our free Defibrillator Awareness training sessions with a qualified trainer: Book your place

Or completing our e-learning training to learn at your own pace: Complete our e-learning


Locating your nearest defibrillator via the NHS Wales website and snap a selfie to share with us on social media. You can tag us @sjacymru or use the hashtag #Defibruary

Or register the location of your defibrillator via The Circuit – the national defibrillator network.


Did you know that for just £12.50 you could cover the costs of one of our community trainers for an hour?

Our community trainers help people in communities like yours to get more defib-aware by teaching them how to use one to help save a life.

Donate today to help us continue our lifesaving work in Wales.

Learn more about more ways you can get involved including how you can fundraise for a defibrillator in your area and help us continue our work in Wales here

*Source: Welsh Government -  Exploring public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards bystander CPR and defibrillation in circumstances of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (2019)

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