Defibrillators on offer
Local sport clubs are being encouraged to apply for a lifesaving defibrillator and volunteer training through a Victorian Government program.
The Defibrillators Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program, which has now opened its fourth round of applications, aims to equip more clubs with an automated external defibrillator and provide essential training so people are ready to act and save lives.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said defibrillators were a vital link in the chain of survival, and along with CPR gave cardiac arrest victims on and off the sporting arena a better chance at survival.
‘‘Access to a defibrillator, along with people trained in first aid and CPR, is crucial to saving lives,’’ she said.
‘‘In a life-threatening situation every second counts and people in northern Victoria deserve the best chance at surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.
‘‘I urge all country sport and recreation clubs to consider applying for a defibrillator through this fantastic program, and if they receive one they should register with Ambulance Victoria to ensure
❝I urge all country sport and recreation clubs to consider applying for a defibrillator . . .❞
the defibrillator is correctly installed and relevant people trained to use it.’’
Applications are open now and will close on December 22.
For more information or to apply for the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program, visit
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes