AED at Swan­nanoa School

Northern Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KIM NUTBROWN

A new life­sav­ing de­vice has just been in­stalled at Swan­nanoa School.

The Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) is lo­cated on the wall out­side the en­trance to the school hall.

Prin­ci­pal Brian Price said it’s peace of mind hav­ing the de­vice at school.

‘‘We had a scare a while back with a staff mem­ber. We had to call 111 and we were told to get our de­fib ready, but of course we didn’t have one.’’

Church 360 uses the school hall for ser­vices on Sun­days and pas­tor Rory Nimmo said the church was more than happy to step in and pro­vide the AED.

‘‘It’s a plea­sure to be able to help the com­mu­nity. We use the hall every Sun­day and it’s im­por­tant for us to give back and ac­knowl­edge that great re­la­tion­ship we have with the school and the wider com­mu­nity.’’

Jeremy Cowan, a pro­fes­sional fire fighter in St Al­bans, is also a mem­ber of the church and said he knows first hand how im­por­tant AED’s are in a com­mu­nity.

‘‘Lives will be saved. CPR is good, but this gives peo­ple that ex­tra chance of sur­vival,’’ Cowan said. He said the AED NZ app showed there was a gap in the Swan­nanoa area.

Price said his staff had AED train­ing with their first aid train­ing, how­ever he said the de­vice is ac­tu­ally easy to use and di­rects you through the process.

KIM NUTBROWN/STUFF

Rory Nimmo, From Church 360, Prin­ci­pal Brian Price and Jeremy Cowan from Church 360.

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