Unit to save lives

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD -

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).


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