RUDALL CFS volunteers now have the ability to save lives as well as fight fires.
The station was lucky enough to receive one of 20 defibrillators distributed by the CFS Foundation, with the support of ElectraNet.
Rudall CFS administration officer Barry Lovegrove was responsible for sending in the application to the foundation and it was through this that the Rudall CFS was successful.
“All CFS units were sent a letter outlining the scheme and telling us to apply,” Mr Lovegrove said.
“It was a simple process, I just wrote them a letter telling them how many members we had and how many incidents the unit responds to, those sorts of things.”
To date 13 South Australian CFS volunteers have died while providing this service to the community with many suffering a heart attack.
The CFS Foundation is committed to providing support to volunteers who are injured while volunteering and offering these defibrillators is an important part of that and it will no doubt help to save lives.
“It is hard to get young ones in to volunteer sometimes, so the average age of our volunteers is 46,” Mr Lovegrove explained.
“We think that the average age of our volunteers and the fact that Rudall members attend fires with the water tanker played a part in us being in the first round of distribution.”
ElectraNet’s chief executive officer, Ian Sterling stressed the importance of the CFS having the defibrillators to increase the chances of a positive outcome should the machines need to be used.
“It is well recognised that where a critical health injury occurs in bushfires, most relate to heart attack,” Mr Sterling said.
The Rudall CFS are pleased to have a bit of peace of mind and keen to share this technological benefit with the community.
“This is a community thing, so we could very well have the defibrillator over at the Eastern Ranges club rooms on a home game, it would have to be manned by someone from the CFS but there is no reason it cant benefit everyone,” Mr Lovegrove said.
In 2013 a number of other brigades from across the region will also receive defibrillators including Kimba, Ceduna and Streaky Bay.
Beneficial for all: Rudall CFS administration officer Barry Lovegrove was pleased Rudall CFS were amongst the first to receive the life-saving piece of equipment.
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