Win a life saving defibrillator for your school!

Schools and their pupils across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to get their creative juices flowing to win a life saving defibrillator.

45 devices, manufactured by Belfast company HeartSine Technologies, were provided to this year’s World Police and Fire Games and will now be presented to 45 schools as part of the 2013 Games’ life saving legacy programme.

The defibrillators will be given to children who can best sum up why their school should receive the device, which will be judged by a panel made up of representatives from HeartSine, World Police and Fire Games and the Red Cross, who have offered to provide free training to all schools selected.

Schools who wish to take part should state in more than 150 words: why their school should receive a defibrillator and where it will be located.

Andy McClernon, International Product Manager at HeartSine Technologies, said the programme will ensure local schoolchildren are protected from the devastating condition, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA):


“SCA is one of the UK’s biggest killers. In fact, about 270 people die from it in the UK every single day. It can happen to anyone, at any time. That’s why we wanted the defibrillators which were originally stationed at World Police and Fire Games venues to be passed on to our local schools, so that pupils, staff, teachers and visitors are all protected should SCA occur. If someone suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest, with CPR alone, survival rates are less than 5%. If, however, you combine CPR with the use of a defibrillator, then the rate of survival can increase to an incredible 70%.”

Schools will be judged on how best they demonstrate benefits to the school, evidence that pupils have learned about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and indication that teachers and students have worked on the application with consultation with their parents and local community.

Applications should also address how the wider school community will benefit from the defibrillator in particular local sports clubs, and accessibility to the community outside of the school term.

John Tully, Chief Executive of the 2013 World Police and Fire Games, said: “The Games were a resounding success and thankfully none of the devices had to be employed during the summer, but it was fantastic to know they were available should any of the athletes have suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

“We wanted to leave an enduring and meaningful legacy of the 2013 Games and so are delighted that we are now able to pass the devices on to some extremely deserving local schoolchildren.

“The competition is a superb way for the wider school communities to get involved and demonstrate what this device would mean to them. We have already had considerable interest from schools and we wish them all the best of luck.”

Paula Powell from the Red Cross said: “84% of cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest occur outside hospitals, for example at school, the workplace or home, so access to an available defibrillator is vital. It’s incredible to think that 45 local communities around Northern Ireland will now have easier access to a defibrillator, thanks to HeartSine and the World Police and Fire Games. We will be providing training to all schools on how to use the defibrillators as, although modern defibs are very straightforward to use, our experience shows that completing a first aid course gives people the necessary understanding and also the confidence to get involved in an emergency situation. The rollout of these AED units will undoubtedly save lives in the coming years and that is a remarkable legacy for everyone involved in the World Police and Fire Games.”

If you wish to avail of one of the 45 defibrillators, please state why your school should receive one and where it will be located in no more than 150 words and send it to by 5pm on Friday 8 November 2013.

Final shift as a WPFG Volunteer

By Volunteer Michelle Harris
Today was my last shift as
part of the World Police and Fire Games Media Team. I was based in beautiful
Portrush which played host to the Volleyball event. There were four courts
along the beach so it was quite hard to cover all of them but from the matches,
I had a chance to see two Russian teams go head to head!
To them it may have
been more of a local derby! I was also able to watch Germany win 21-7 against
USA. There were large crowds from the very start of the event despite the
initial damp weather! The day was enjoyed by adults, children, dogs and
seagulls alike!
It’s hard to believe that the
World Police and Fire Games are almost over and my time volunteering is over.
It doesn’t feel that long ago since I signed up and had my interview! Through
my role in the Games I have gained more people skills which has also helped my
confidence. I have gained skills in working as part of a team and working with
people of different nationalities. I feel like I have been around the world
without leaving our wee country!
As one of the youngest volunteers in my team I
have learned a lot from the people I have encountered. It was interesting to
hear about other people’s backgrounds and their own experiences of the games.
It would be amazing if the
Games had a lasting legacy for Northern Ireland, promoting the importance of
sport, team work and comradeship. After talking to competitors and volunteers
from all around the world, it seems that Northern Ireland has succeeded in its
aim on delivering the ‘Friendliest Games Ever’. I am very proud of my country
because we have shown the world what we can do!
It’s been a blast and an
experience which I will never forget!

Business & Real Estate Sponsors

Business and Realtor sponsors


The Last Straw

has been a leading provider of the 2013 WPFG and has also improved our facilities tremendously by providing real estate agents as volunteers from all over the world including United States, Canada, and Europe.  With their help all of our Athletes were able to find appropriate accommodations without having to dish out large sums on home rentals or hotel fees and have been tremendous in their efforts to mitigate the costs associated with the high housing fees.  We sincerely thank our realty related sponsor for allowing us to provide condos and houses for these Athletes during their stay!


Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services.


Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine.
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The Danske Bank Group, is the largest bank in Denmark and one of the leading financial enterprises in Northern Europe.


Kukri are an international sportswear brand who specialise in making and selling kit for 75 different sports.


Deloitte offers integrated services that include Audit, Tax, Consulting and Corporate Finance.


Coca-Cola Hellenic are the official sponsor of the WPFG Volunteering Programme. They are also the Official Hydration Partner and Official Soft Drink Supplier.

Coca-Cola’s Powerade brand is the ‘Official Sports Drink’ of WPFG 2013.

Coca-Cola’s Deep RiverRock water brand is the ‘Official Water of WPFG 2013’.

Translink 119X27


Translink is Northern Ireland’s major integrated public transport provider of bus and train services (Metro, Ulsterbus, Goldline, NI Railways and Enterprise).

Translink is the Official Transport Partner for the 2013 World Police & Fire Games.


Food NI are the official food sponsor for the Games.  Showcasing the best of local food and ingredients at sporting venues and Taste of Ulster restaurants they guarantee a great local food experience.
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Scot Safety


Scott Safety is a manufacturer of innovative respiratory protection, PPE, safety devices and a range of products to suit the needs of First Responders.


Donnelly Group is the largest independent vehicle dealer in Northern Ireland and is one of the most progressive motoring companies in the UK.



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