Life-saving equipment for RFDS
❝device The will greatly enhance the safety of not only QFES staff... but also members of the public.
— Craig Crawford
QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Rural Fire Service (RFS) vehicles will be better equipped as first responders, to be fitted with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) from July.
Queensland Government Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said the life-saving technology would be fitted as part of a QFES capital funding program, with training in first aid and equipment maintenance included in the package.
“This initiative will result in about 50 new RFS vehicles being fitted with AEDs each year, at an annual cost of about $132,000,” Mr Crawford said.
“The device is a form of first aid which can provide lifesaving early treatment in the case of cardiac arrest. It delivers an electric shock to the heart that converts the life-threatening heartbeat back to a normal rhythm.”
Mr Crawford said the AEDs would be vital for RFS brigades, who were often the first responders to incidents in rural and regional areas.
“The device will greatly enhance the safety of not only QFES staff and volunteers, but also members of the public,” he said.