Life-sav­ing AED now avail­able at Athen­ree

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Quick ac­tion us­ing an Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) on a per­son suf­fer­ing car­diac ar­rest can in­crease their chance of sur­vival.

Ja­son Wilmshurst, a Waihi Para­medic and amem­ber of the Mayor View Fire Bri­gade was in­stru­men­tal in sourc­ing and pro­vid­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor for a hol­i­day park at Athen­ree. Ja­son has also given the man­age­ment team re­fresher train­ing in us­ing the AED.

Do­na­tions from guests at the park over sum­mer have also as­sisted in ob­tain­ing and main­tain­ing the de­fib­ril­la­tor.

“If some­one suf­fers a car­diac ar­rest then it is im­por­tant that peo­ple ring 111 first,” said Ja­son.

“This is to co-ordinate the emer­gency ser­vices which will fol­low,” said Ja­son.

“It makes sense for us to have one here at the Park,” Sue Tonge, aman­ager at Athen­ree Hot Springs and Hol­i­day Park said.

“In­creas­ing mo­tel, cam­pers and swim­mers in our ther­mal pools in­creases our ex­po­sure to a pos­si­ble need for a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

“With the pop­u­lar recre­ational area in front of the park, and a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in Athen­ree we are also pleased to be able to pro­vide this emer­gency fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­nity, and we want the lo­cals to know it’s here if ever needed.”

The de­fib­ril­la­tor is at the front door of the Hol­i­day Park’s re­cep­tion area.

PARA­MEDIC Ja­son Wilmshurst with Athen­ree Hot Springs & Hol­i­day Park Man­agers Gary and Sue Tonge with the de­fib­ril­la­tor that is now lo­cated at the Hot Springs.

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