Giving a lesson on how to save a life
GEORGE Hoath was sitting at Jandowae Bowls Club one night, enjoying a post-work beer, when a story on the news caught his attention.
A man had died suddenly but the death could have been avoided if a defibrillator had been close at hand.
Desperate not to have the same thing happen in Jandowae, Mr Hoath said it was time to take some action.
With plenty of help from the community, Mr Hoath bought a portable defibrillator designed to be used by the town in case of emergencies.
About 35 town members gathered at Jandowae Bowls Club last Friday night for a demonstration on how to use the defibrillator, thanks to Officer in Charge, paramedic Tony Stout.
“It’s to let the community know how to work the machine,” Mr Stout said.
“It’s an older population and there’s certainly a propensity for patients to become unconscious for whatever reason.”
Alongside a demonstration on how to operate the automated external defibrillator, Mr Stout also talked about CPR awareness, how to give CPR, and particularly urged locals to call triple zero as soon as an incident occurred.
SAVING LIVES: Tony Stout (centre) gives Leon Druce and George Hoath a lesson on CPR.