Defibrillator now at park
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.