De­fib­ril­la­tor tops list for hut as­so­ci­a­tion

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

St John vol­un­teers and chair­man Leon Gar­diner hand over the new first aid equip­ment to the lower Don­nelly River Hut As­so­ci­a­tion.

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