Heart-safe Flanders

Heart-safe cities and municipalities

Cities and municipalities become heart-safe if they provide an AED in a publicly accessible place. They must also commit to raising awareness among the population and train at least 10% of staff in resuscitation and defibrillation. The local Red Cross branch organizes the training, which is also open to residents and associations.

In 2012, 20 cities and municipalities became heart-safe after signing a cooperation agreement, bringing the total number to 89. This map shows the location of all AEDs in Flanders.

Heart-safe companies

More and more companies are installing an AED in the workplace. If the AED is publicly accessible to employees, suppliers and customers and if at least 10% of employees have received resuscitation and defibrillation training, the company is entitled to call itself ‘heart-safe’, once it has signed a cooperation agreement. 

Nineteen companies became heart-safe in 2012.

One of these was the Flemish government shipping company DAB Vloot. It installed 37 defibrillators on board of its vessels and approximately 300 crew members were trained to use them. As a result DAB Vloot was awarded a Heart-safe Organization certificate.

Heart-safe schools

Heart-safe schools have staff who are trained in the relevant techniques. Teachers can complete Heart-safe Facilitator training in order to give resuscitation and defibrillation training to pupils and colleagues at their place of learning. Local branches and School First Aid Trainers can also dispense such training to both teachers and students.

Twenty-one schools became heart-safe in 2012.

Heart-safe sports clubs

Sports clubs often provide their members with top-quality care, including specialist trainers, carefully designed workout regimes, first aid kits and so on. However, automated external defibrillators are not yet standard in most sports clubs, despite the fact that dozens of sportsmen and women each year suffer cardiac arrest during or after sport.

With this in mind we launched our Heart-safe Sports Club project in 2012. We produced a special information guide and the Flemish Sports Federation promoted the project among its various member federations.

Eight sports clubs earned heart-safe status in 2012.

Heart-safe organizations

As well as companies, schools and sports clubs, there are also other (sociocultural) organizations that bring together large numbers of people.
In 2012, we developed our ‘Heart-safe Organization’ information guide specifically for such organizations. The Flemish cultural centers, among others, disseminated the guide to their members.

There were four new heart-safe organizations in 2012. Full details of the project can be found on the website www.hartveilig.rodekruis.be (Dutch only).


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