Bordertown to receive a new automated external defibrillator

RESUSCITATION: Maud Bennett-Hol (left), Jess Ashfield, Brooke Campbell and Sonia Sharpe showing practice their resuscitation skills.

RESUSCITATION: Maud Bennett-Hol (left), Jess Ashfield, Brooke Campbell and Sonia Sharpe showing practice their resuscitation skills.

Bordertown will receive a brand new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) thanks to a generous community donation.

SA Ambulance Service invited Tatiara District Council to partner with them to purchase the Automatic External Defibrillator for use by the public living in or visiting Bordertown.

The machine which looks set to be wall mounted outside the Tatiara Civic Centre library, will be available for access 24 hours a day. By having 24 hour access to the machine, it will enable residents and visitors to ultimately be able to save a life.

SA Ambulance service has raised $1500 through generous donations and fundraising activities to help fund the joint initiative.

Council carried a motion at last week’s monthly meeting to fund the remaining amount needed to buy the new machine.

A report to the meeting said the Tatiara Civic Centre is a high traffic facility, continuing to attract greater numbers annually through the delivery of library services, cinema and theatre entertainment, exhibitions through the Walkway Gallery, visitor information services and people attending conferences, workshops, wedding receptions or community based events.

The relationship between the council and emergency service organisations such as SA Ambulance is fundamental and significant.

Council has a proud history of supporting all emergency management organisations and sees the benefits in working in partnership to develop, share and plan more consistent approaches and operating arrangements.

There are many benefits of implementing AEDs, including:

  • No formal training is required to use modern AEDs – voice prompts guide user.
  • Formal training readily accessible via SA Ambulance, if required.
  • Small and light weight units for ease of moving to required location.
  • Potential 60% to 80% increase in rate of survival if applied within 3 minutes.
  • Inbuilt fail-safe systems to prevent accidental activation of the unit.
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