Hearty ef­fort by clubs

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Work­ing to­gether for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity has seen the Mata­mata Lions Club and the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata buy a de­fib­ril­la­tor for the Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade.

Lions pres­i­dent War­ren Feek said Lions mem­bers came up with the idea.

Mr Feek ap­proached Ro­tary pres­i­dent Eric Muckle about turn­ing it into a joint ven­ture.

The to­tal cost of the de­fib­ril­la­tor was $4800 and was split down the mid­dle by both clubs.

Mata­mata Ro­tary raised funds last year to pur­chase a de­fib­ril­la­tor for Mata­mata Col­lege.

Mr Muckle said it was men­tioned that the fire brigade should have one and Ro­tary mem­bers agreed it was a good idea.

A spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion evening was held at Mata­mata fire sta­tion on April 30 to ac­knowl­edge the gen­er­ous do­na­tion by both ser­vice clubs.

On ac­cept­ing the de­fib­ril­la­tor, chief fire of­fi­cer Brian Hunter said he would like to think that they would never have to use the piece of equip­ment.

‘‘ Un­for­tu­nately the re­al­ity is we will.’’

Mr Feek who is also a mem­ber of the fire brigade said it was be­com­ing more and more com­mon for the fire brigade to be med­i­cal call outs.

Fire fight­ers would be at­tend­ing a spe­cial one and a half hour train­ing ses­sion to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the de­fib­ril­la­tor.

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Work­ing to­gether: Mata­mata Lions Club pres­i­dent War­ren Feek, Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade chief fire of­fi­cer Brian Hunter and Mata­mata Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Eric Muckle.

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