Twelve defibrillators, including one in Cobram, have been made available for community use as part of a Goulburn-Murray Water initiative to increase public access to the life-saving devices.
The defibrillators, or AEDs, are located at G-MW offices at Cobram, Eppalock, Cairn Curran, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Rochester, Kyabram, Kerang, Pyramid Hill, Dartmouth and two locations in Tatura.
The defibrillators have been purchased to help safeguard G-MW staff members in the event they suffer from heart failure in the workplace.
‘‘We thought it made sense to widen the scope and provide members of the public and our communities with access to these life-saving devices too,’’ managing director Pat Lennon said.
‘‘All of our defibrillators have been registered with Ambulance Victoria.
‘‘This means if a member of the community phones 000 and a defibrillator is required, the operator will direct them to the nearest device to assist with recovery of the patient until the ambulance arrives.
‘‘This is a small way in which we can provide a valuable service to our local communities.’’
Ambulance Victoria group manager John Morris said in conjunction with good CPR, the early use of a defibrillator by members of the public could significantly increase a person’s chances of survival.
He said by registering a defibrillator with Ambulance Victoria, it could help link defibrillators in communities across Victoria with people when they need them.
‘‘The six steps in the chain of survival are early recognition of cardiac arrest, early access to emergency care (calling 000), early CPR, early defibrillation, early advanced care (paramedics) and definitive care (hospital),’’ Mr Morris said.
●For further information about Register My AED, phone Ambulance Victoria on 1800233734 or visit: www.register.myaed@ambulance.