Life saver

Po­lice given de­fib­ril­la­tors

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Sjanna San­dalova

Katan­ning po­lice will now for the first time have a heart de­fib­ril­la­tor per­ma­nently with them while on the job.

Katan­ning St John Am­bu­lance do­nated the heart de­fib­ril­la­tor to the po­lice so it can be used in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

There are al­ready sev­eral de­fib­ril­la­tors through­out the Katan­ning com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing towns, but this ad­di­tional de­fib­ril­la­tor will fur­ther in­crease the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Katan­ning po­lice to as­sist com­mu­nity mem­bers who are in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

Lo­cal com­mu­nity para­medic So­nia Hug­gins said this was an­other pos­i­tive ex­am­ple of lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices com­ing to­gether to make the com­mu­nity safer.

“It is so im­por­tant to have de­fib­ril­la­tors in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“When some­one goes into sud­den car­diac ar­rest we only have a small win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to de­fib­ril­late the heart and give that per­son the best chance of a pos­i­tive out­come.

“Now hav­ing one mo­bile with the po­lice, it will in­crease the safety of our com­mu­nity.”

Vol­un­teer Am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Chris Obst said, on be­half of all the vol­un­teers, that it was an hon­our to be able to give the de­fib­ril­la­tor to the po­lice.

Se­nior Sergeant Si­mon Un­der­wood re­ceives the de­fib­ril­la­tor from St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer of­fi­cer Chris Obst and new re­cruit Chelsey Allen.

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