Life-saving AED now available at Athenree
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.