Renfe to equip its trains with defibrillators

Renfe will be equipping its trains with defibrillators. The Spanish railway company will be installing a total of 668 units, 50 of which will be installed at train stations.

All of Renfe’s train types will be fitted with defibrillators, from tourist trains to Ave high-speed trains and from regular long-distance trains to medium-distance trains. The installation programme is valued at 3 million euros.

In the first phase of the project, Renfe will be installing 520 defibrillators. The bulk of those, 330 units in total, will end up in medium-distance trains. Another 168 defibrillators will be installed on the Ave trains, while the medium-distance trains will receive 17 defibrillators. Finally, 5 units will be installed in tourist trains.

The defibrillators will be installed in easily accessible areas, such as the bar area of a café car. Signage on the outside and inside of the trains will direct passengers to the defibrillator. While the units feature voice instructions, Renfe staff, too, will receive training on rapid action in case of a cardiac arrest. A group of 2,226 people have already completed their training.

According to Renfe, defibrillators have been in use at various stations and work places since 2018, and during that time have helped save the lives of eight individuals.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

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