Purchase of Defibrillator Units
Published on 26 August 2016
In May 2016 Council received advice from the Member for Kingsford-Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite that funding grants were available through the “Stronger Communities Program.” Funding of up to $5,000 was to be made available by the Commonwealth to approved programs on a shared cost basis.
Council was successful in its application for a grant to acquire four portable defibrillator units for use by local sporting clubs.
The defibrillators will be donated to our local sporting clubs:
- Mascot JRLFC;
- Mascot Kings Football Club;
- Pagewood Botany Football Club; and the
- Botany Rams JRLFC
In addition to the “Stronger Communities Program” it was identified that additional units should be placed in selected Council facilities to increase the health, safety and wellbeing of the community. A further three have been acquired for that purpose and will be installed at the Eastgardens Library, the Hensley Field and the Customer Service Centre in Mascot.
The units in question are fully automatic and are specifically designed for use by a lay person with the unit itself guiding the operator in its application.
This is a great initiative to supplement Council's existing contribution and I hope that they never need to be used. The greatest benefit to having a defibrillator is that they DO save lives. What happens in the first few minutes following a sudden cardiac arrest can make the difference between life and death. Having a defibrillator on site may increase the chance of survival from around 10% with only good effective CPR, up to possibly 60-80% with a defibrillator at hand for immediate use.
I want to thank our Local Federal Member, Matt Thistlethwaite for has assistance in obtaining this grant and know that should they ever be needed a life could be saved.