Defibrillator tops list for hut association
Members of the Lower Donnelly River Hut Association have been given new first aid equipment from St John Pemberton, to help cope with emergencies in the area.
The new equipment included two snakebite kits, a spinal board and a defibrillator.
St John Pemberton chairman Leon Gardiner said the equipment was a necessary addition to the huts.
“We decided to give the committee this equipment after an inci- dent that occurred down at the river with someone who was occupying one of the huts,” he said.
“It resulted in conversations between St John and representatives of the Lower Donnelly River Hut Association who are also emergency service volunteers.”
Mr Gardiner said the decision to give the huts more advanced first aid equipment was the outcome.
“It was about what can help them but also what can help us volunteers in Pemberton when dealing with an emergency,” he said.
St John volunteers are usually required to pick up patients from the huts at a boat landing further down the river.
“Having this extra gear will hopefully provide some capacity locally to at least stabilise the patient before taking them on the boat up to us,” Mr Gardiner said.
He said the next step would be a first-aid training course, which would target how to use the new equipment.
St John volunteers and chairman Leon Gardiner hand over the new first aid equipment to the lower Donnelly River Hut Association.