Life-sav­ing equip­ment for RFDS

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❝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.

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