St John defibrillator goes to Barwite for residents’ use
SEVERAL new defibrillators are being sent out to seven Victorian agricultural communities by the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and St John Ambulance, including one for Barwite, which is to go to Valerie O’Halloran.
Last week VFF president Emma Germano announced that the seven St John defibrillators will be delivered for use in remote communities across Victoria in the coming weeks.
“We are thrilled to announce the winners at a time when lifesaving technology like this has never been more important to support local farming communities,” she said.
“In some of these areas, having a defibrillator will be the difference between life and death as medical help can be far away.
“I would like to thank and congratulate all for the time taken to provide these life-saving devices for their community to use in their time of need.”
She also said the diverse range of winners reflects the crucial role the life-saving machine plays in regional farming communities as in those communities, access to an ambulance ranges from 20 to 60 minutes.
St John Ambulance Victoria chief executive officer Gordon Botwright said he is proud to partner with Victorian Farmers Federation to award these seven lifesaving defibrillators to our Victorian farming communities.
“As much as we hope these devices never need to be used, we are pleased seven more defibrillators are now available across Victoria,” he said.
“The defibrillators will provide another critical safety measure and enable first responders to act immediately in an emergency.
“St John representatives will be providing training to the locals on the use of the defibrillator.”
Others will go to Nhill, Chetwynd, Derrinallum, Pyramid Hill in the Loddon Valley, Tambo Crossing in East Gippsland and Fish Creek in South Gippsland.