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Life-saving equipment for regions


Victoria’s peak farming organisati­on has partnered with St John Ambulance to provide Victorian agricultur­al communitie­s with life-saving equipment.

Victorian Farmers Federation president Emma Germano said seven St John defibrilla­tors were on their way for use in remote communitie­s across the state.

The VFF, through its Making Our Farm Safer Project, asked Victorian farmers and workers to apply online to be part of the giveaway.

“We are thrilled to announce the winners at a time when life-saving technology like this has never been more important to support farming communitie­s,” Ms Germano 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 thank and congratula­te all winners for the time taken to provide these life-saving devices for their community to use in their time of need.”

Nhill is among the seven Victorian communitie­s to receive a defibrilla­tor.

Ms Germano said the diverse range of recipients reflected the crucial role the life-saving machine played in regional farming communitie­s.

“In some communitie­s, it can take 20 to 60 minutes for access to an ambulance,” she said.

St John Ambulance Victoria chief executive Gordon Botwright said his organisati­on was proud to help VFF award the defibrilla­tors to 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,” Mr Botwright said.

The State Government also funded the project through its Growing Victoria’s Agricultur­e and Smarter Safer Farms program.

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