Unit to save lives
THE Gin Gin Community Bendigo Bank Branch is once again “at the heart of the action”, donating a defibrillator unit to the North Burnett State Emergency Service.
Following extensive training in January, the Mount Perry SES group is now a fully accredited Road Crash Rescue team after Queensland Fire Services fitted out its vehicle.
When Bendigo Bank branch manager Robert Atherton heard the group did not have a defibrillator, he quickly spoke with his head office and organised to donate one.
The presentation was made at the Gin Gin Show on May 28 by Robert Atherton to North Burnett SES local controller Brian Lowe.
Also in attendance was St John Ambulance indigenous liaison co-ordinator Geoff Sentence, along with Mount Perry SES Road Crash Rescue team members Alex and Krystal Geddes.
Mr Lowe said unless the defibrillator was being used on an activation with the SES, it would be kept at the Mount Perry SES/Rural Fire Service headquarters.
“It will also be of use to other emergency services, police, council and Mt Perry people,” he said
“The Bendigo Bank will also cover ongoing maintenance costs for the defibrillator.”
A grateful Mr Lowe said all North Burnett SES members would be forever thankful to the Bendigo Bank for the wonderful gesture.
“We hope we will never have to use the defibrillator, but it gives us peace of mind knowing that it is there for any emergencies that may occur,” he said.
“All Mount Perry SES Road Crash team members are fully trained in the operation of this equipment and undertake a refresher course every 12 months,” Mr Lowe added.
WELCOME GIFT: Krystal Geddes (Mt Perry SES), Brian Lowe (North Burnett SES controller), Alex Geddes (Mt Perry SES), Robert Atherton (Bendigo Bank manager Gin Gin) and Geoff Sentance (St John Ambulance).
Doug O'Sullivan from Monto's Grand Hotel gets behind the One Punch Can Kill campaign.
Newcomers on the block Peter and Nicole Mackrill, from Mulgildie Hotel, join in the positive message.
Maria Dickson of Albert Hotel Monto supports the push for no violence.
Mark Stone and Patricia Merritt from Waratah Hotel, Mungungo, display the One Punch Can Kill message.