Defibrillators vital on trips
Being part of a four-wheel-drive club brings the opportunity to travel as a group, which means sharing the work and increasing the opportunities for safe and enjoyable exploration.
At any club getaway, chances are the participants will range from small children to retirees; from people with a high level of energy and fitness who want to climb every peak to those who prefer a more laid-back potter around the scenic camp site.
The one surprising (and somewhat disturbing) fact is that sudden cardiac arrest can strike any person regardless of age, gender or health. The single most important factor contributing to improving survival rates is the time taken to administer early CPR and defibrillation.
This is why St John Ambulance have been working with 4WD clubs to provide the option to purchase automated external defibrillators at a club-special price.
In October, the Mitsubishi 4WD Owners Club of WA, the WA 4WD Association and Track Care WA each took delivery of two new Heartstart HS1 defibrillators.
This added to the Mitsubishi Club’s comprehensive first-aid kit, already including an AED. While to date they’ve not needed to help out any club member, some members competently and confidently undertook CPR when a truckie at a northern roadhouse experienced a cardiac arrest in 2010.
The benefits of training and the defib unit were obvious to everyone.
As a very active club with potentially multiple outings on any given weekend for the enthusiastic member, the Mitsubishi Club will have one of its three AEDs on almost every one of the nearly 40 events they conduct each year.
Like the last weekend in October, when 45 members headed to Koorda for a social weekend.
About 230km north-east of Perth, Koorda is about a three-hour drive. The local Community Resource Centre is very active, led by manager Kim Storer, who worked with the Club to arrange farm visits, museum openings, local cottage industry insights and other activities that provided members with a range of interesting experiences.
Very popular was Saturday night at the drive-in movies. Koorda has one of only three operational drive-ins in WA and for older members the experience of queuing up in their cars brought back plenty of memories.
Of course, the younger folk found it all very novel as their only previous big-screen movie experiences required exiting their vehicles.
The old-style speakers that hung over the window frame are long gone — now you just tune your car radio and enjoy surround sound.
For a nostalgia trip head to koorda.crc.net.au.
If you’re looking to join a wellorganised and highly active club
with a broad membership, check out mitsubishi4wd.org.au.
While about 60 per cent of members drive Pajeros, you’re welcome regardless of the front badge (as long as your fourbie has low range because most events aren’t soft-roader suitable).
Most importantly, at the next meeting of your own 4WD club, suggest the purchase of an AED and appropriate training. It could be the best suggestion of your life.
With the defibrillators are, back row from left, Mitsubishi Club WA president Paul Ryan, WA 4WDrive Association chairman Bruce Brinkley, St John business development manager Angelique Schiemenz and Mitsubishi Club WA memeber Peter Cole. Front row are...
OFF ROADING The Mitsubishi Club of WA enjoyed a nostalgic evening at the Koorda drive-in. Pictures: Judith Brinkley