Roe­bourne po­lice gifted de­fib­ril­la­tor

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Roe­bourne Po­lice Sta­tion has been equipped with a de­fib­ril­la­tor as part of the Wick­ham and Roe­bourne St John Am­bu­lance sub cen­tre’s roll­out of the life-sav­ing gear across its cov­er­age area.

Roe­bourne Po­lice Sta­tion of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Gemma Hen­ni­gan said it was an im­por­tant piece of equip­ment, though one she hoped would not have to be used.

“Whilst we’re wait­ing for the pro­fes­sion­als to come or to trans­port pa­tients to hos­pi­tal this will be very use­ful,” she said.

Wick­ham and Roe­bourne St John Am­bu­lance com­mu­nity para­medic Paul Wil­lett said it made sense for first re­spon­ders to be equipped with the right gear.

“It was high­lighted in the past cou­ple of months that the Roe­bourne po­lice were first re­spon­ders to a lot of scenes and in­ci­dents in the area and they were lack­ing a first aid de­fib­ril­la­tor in the sta­tion,” he said.

“So as a part of our on­go­ing sup­port of the com­mu­nity, St John’s have do­nated a $2000 Heart­start De­fib­ril­la­tor for the use of the po­lice in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

“That’s on­go­ing sup­port with St John’s and Wood­side, who do­nated five of these de­fib­ril­la­tors in to­tal now through­out the com­mu­nity.”

As the po­lice sta­tion op­er­ates 24 hours, the de­fib­ril­la­tor will be ac­ces­si­ble at all times.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Roe­bourne po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Gemma Hen­ni­gan, right, with St John Wick­ham and Roe­bourne com­mu­nity para­medic Paul Wil­lett and chair­woman Michelle Schut.

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