Police given defibrillators
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.