Porthcawl Community First Responders are committed to raising awareness and providing community training around Public Access Defibrillators (PAD's). PAD's are designed to be placed at public buildings or key locations around the local community to be used by members of the public in cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. When there is a PAD near the location of a cardiac arrest the Ambulance Control Centre will pass the details of its location along with any passwords or key codes needed to get access to the PAD.

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There are a number of PAD's available around the Porthcawl area, however a large number
do not have 24 hr public access. That said we are currently working with the Porthcawl Town Council and other local individuals and groups to purchase and install a number of 24/7 Public Access Defibrillators at several locations around Porthcawl.

To date we have managed to secure sufficient funding to purchase and install four PADS at:-

  • Porthcawl Ambulance Station.
  • Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church, New Road, Porthcawl.
  • Nottage Stores.
  • Old School Room (St Johns Church Hall), Newton Green.

Following further funding from the Porthcawl Town Council we have purchased two other PADS that will be installed shortly at the Life Guard Station, Rest Bay and the new Habour Masters Pavilion at Cosy Corner.

Two there local bodies have also provided funding for PADS to be installed at their premises and it is hoped that these will be live within the next few weeks. These locations are:-
  • Trinity Church in John Street
  • Newton Institute on Newton Nottage Road.

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For details of all the PADS registered with the Welsh Ambulance Service within your local community click here and enter your PostCode.

It is a key aim of the Porthcawl Community First Responder Team to provide PAD and Basic Life Support (BLS) training to residents of Porthcawl. As a Team we have already been involved in supplying PAD training within the Bridgend County Borough, including supporting neighbouring CFR teams at Coity and the in the Garw Valley.

Within Porthcawl we have supplied 'CPR & Defibrillator Awareness and Practical' sessions at:-

  • Portway Surgery (now the Porthcawl Medical Centre) for their Reception staff
  • 4th Porthcawl Brownie Group
  • Porthcawl Rugby Football Club
  • Porthcawl Ahletic Club
  • St Davids Church Hall, Nottage
  • Old School Room (Church Hall) on Newton Green

The following photographs where taken during the session held for the Reception Staff at the Portway Surgery (now the Porthcawl Medical Centre).


If you feel that you would be able to help us in securing funding for additional PADS within the Porthcawl community please contact us by
clicking here.