Life sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors placed around the re­sort

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THANKS to a united com­mu­nity ef­fort, Mt Buller has wel­comed the ar­rival of 10 new de­fib­ril­la­tors.

The life sav­ing pieces of equip­ment are avail­able for pub­lic ac­cess on the moun­tain and have been placed in strate­gic spots around the hill.

A num­ber of groups in­clud­ing BSL (4), RMB (2) and a num­ber of com­mer­cial stake­hold­ers (5) - de­fib­ril­la­tors sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the chances of sur­vival in the event of an emer­gency.

They will be placed at the Arl­berg Ho­tel, Kof­fler’s Restau­rant, Pen­sion Grimus, Ski Club of Vic­to­ria, placed by the RMB at the vil­lage plaza and Alpine Cen­tral and BSL have placed one each at Cat­tle­man’s Restau­rant, Spurs Restau­rant, Tirol Café, BSL con­trol cen­tre and for the win­ter at the top of Wom­bat Lift.

Also one will be car­ried by the ski pa­trollers – mak­ing 12 in to­tal.

Grollo Leisure do­nated two to the ski pa­trol as part of their ex­ten­sion to the Mans­field and Dis­trict Am­bu­lance Aux­il­iary project to dis­trib­ute de­fib­ril­la­tors around the re­gion.

Once they are in place they will be regis­tered with 000 who can then di­rect call­ers with an emer­gency to the near­est ma­chine.

In the event of an emer­gency the first thing to do is call ‘000’ im­me­di­ately.

“Ev­ery minute lost re­duces the chances of sur­vival by 10 per cent so de­fib­ril­la­tors are a vi­tal piece of equip­ment that save lives,” said Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria Mt Buller team man­ager Brett Cooper.

“Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria has a pro­gram for pub­lic ac­cess to de­fib­ril­la­tors.”

Brett has been in­volved in talk­ing to peo­ple re­gard­ing th­ese ma­chines, but Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria has not pur­chased any of the ma­chines.

How­ever, across the dis­trict the Mans­field and Dis­trict Am­bu­lance Aux­il­iary cur­rently has a pub­lic ac­cess de­fib­ril­la­tor pro­gram where they are as­sist­ing com­mu­nity groups in pur­chas­ing ma­chines.

Mt Buller was not a part of this pro­gram as it is deemed a com­mer­cial re­sort and not a com­mu­nity en­tity.

How­ever, the moun­tain has been sup­ported by the Aux­il­iary and Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria.

Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria has also played an ac­tive role in the or­gan­i­sa­tion and reg­is­tra­tion through the 000 sys­tem.

Brett said once all the ma­chines are in place he is hop­ing to cre­ate aware­ness of th­ese lo­ca­tions and en­cour­age moun­tain staff to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with t h e s e s t r a t eg i cally placed ma­chines.

PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton

ALL ON BOARD: At the pre­sen­ta­tion of 10 new de­fib­ril­la­tors to Mt Buller are (from left) Brett Cooper, Bob Flem­ing of Kof­fler’s, Terry Lyons (Speaky and Guest Ser­vices), John Hu­ber (CEO RMB) and Sam McDougall from ski pa­trol.

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