Life saving defibrillators placed around the resort
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.
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.