Toc’s CBD life saver

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Tocumwal res­i­dents now have bet­ter ac­cess to a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Do­nated by Tocumwal Lions, the life-sav­ing ma­chine has been in­stalled in Tocumwal’s IGA su­per­mar­ket.

Lions pres­i­dent Glen­nis Pohlner says IGA is a cen­tral lo­ca­tion in the town.

‘‘The golf club and foot­ball club has a de­fib­ril­la­tor but they are not in the mid­dle of town like the IGA.

‘‘Some­times you have to wait for an am­bu­lance, so we need some­thing to use on the per­son un­til it ar­rives. Hope­fully we don’t need to use it too of­ten.’’

The IGA was also se­lected to house the de­fib­ril­la­tor be­cause of its longer opening hours.

Tocumwal Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Sergio Rede­galli said although the de­fib­ril­la­tor was good for the com­mu­nity, he said it raises the need for an am­bu­lance ser­vice in Tocumwal.

‘‘I’ve spo­ken to Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans about it and he man­aged to cam­paign for an am­bu­lance ser­vice in his town.

‘‘Over 70 per cent of our fire ser­vice re­sponses are as first re­spon­ders and not for fires.

‘‘We have the river and aero­drome, so just based on higher recre­ational haz­ards that should be grounds for an am­bu­lance sta­tion.

‘‘We have the high­est pop­u­la­tion in the Ber­ri­gan Shire, and al­most dou­ble that num­ber dur­ing sum­mer when tourists come, it just beg­gars be­lief (that we don’t have an am­bu­lance),’’ Mr Rede­galli said.

An­drew Horne (cen­tre) re­ceives his Youth Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Award from Red Cross na­tional pres­i­dent Michael Legge (right) and NSW Red Cross ad­vi­sory board chair­man Sam Hard­jono.

(From left) Carol Wiggs, Bar­bara Bell, An­thony March, Lidy Soule, Ch­eryl Towns­ing, Glen­nis Pohlner and Brian Fol­liard with the de­fib­ril­la­tor.

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