De­fib­ril­la­tor now at park

Waihi Leader - - News -

A new de­fib­ril­la­tor is now avail­able in Athen­ree.

The Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) is at the Athen­ree Hol­i­day Park.

Ja­son Wilmshurst, a Waihi Para­medic and a mem­ber of the Mayor View Fire Bri­gade says the de­vice will prove cru­cial to sale lives.

“Quick ac­tion us­ing an AED on a per­son suf­fer­ing car­diac ar­rest can in­crease their chance of sur­vival,” he said.

Ja­son and the Mayor View Fire Bri­gade were in­stru­men­tal in sourc­ing and pro­vid­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor for the Hol­i­day Park.

Ja­son has also given the man­age­ment team re­fresher train­ing in us­ing the AED.

Do­na­tions from guests at the park over sum­mer have also as­sisted in buy­ing and main­tain­ing the de­fib­ril­la­tor.

“If some­one suf­fers a car­diac ar­rest then it is im­por­tant that peo­ple ring 111 first.

“This is to co-or­di­nate the emer­gency ser­vices which will fol­low,” he said.

Sue Tonge, man­ager at Athen­ree Hot Springs and Hol­i­day Park said it is an es­sen­tial tool for the park cop­ing with an in­creas­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors.

“It makes sense for us to have one here at the park — in­creas­ing vis­i­tors at the mo­tel, campers and swim­mers in our ther­mal pools in­creases our ex­po­sure to a pos­si­ble need for a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

“With the pop­u­lar re­cre­ational area in front of the park, and a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in Athen­ree we are also pleased to be able to pro­vide this emer­gency fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­nity, and we want the lo­cals to know it’s here if ever needed.”

The de­fib­ril­la­tor is lo­cated at the front door of the Hol­i­day Park’s re­cep­tion area.

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