Life-saving device gives club peace of mind
ONE club has fought hard to provide their members with the peace of mind of having a life-saving device accessible.
The South Burnett Caravan and Touring Club is purchasing a defibrillator for their group, after receiving sponsorship from the South Burnett Regional Council.
Club president Wayne Coulson said it was reassuring to have the life-saving equipment on hand when the group goes away on holidays.
"We hope we never have to use it on our members, but even if there's someone else there and it can be grabbed and used,” he said.
The group received a donation from the council's round one of the 2018-2019 community grant program healthy communities sponsorship, to go towards the device.
With members of varying ages, some nearing retirement, the defibrillator will allow the club to enjoy their trips around Australia.
Member John Dow had been fighting for funding for the device for over two years, filling out numerous forms to make it a reality.
"Many thanks to John and all he did for the club,” Mr Coulson said.
Councillor and former paramedic, Roz Frohloff said the device will allow the club to quickly intervene if a medical emergency did occur.
"You don't know where help is coming from, ambulances around here travel long distances,” she said.
"The quicker you can intervene and do CPR and use the defib, the more chance you are going to get this patient back.”
In some camping locations, the phone service may not be reliable to even get help.
"The grey nomads, they're retired and want to enjoy travelling around Australia, so they should be able to do it with peace of mind and know that there is something that they are carrying to help them get across the country safety,” Cr Frohloff said.