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St John Lake Mac Cadet Division receives new defibrillator


The Lake Macquarie Cadet Division of St John Ambulance NSW is among a number of local outlets to receive a new defibrillator.

It’s all thanks to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) as part of its Volunteer Emergency Service Fund.

The initiative was established via the Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch Foundation to support the needs of volunteer emergency services and first responders who were affected by the 2019/20 bushfires.

Lake Macquarie Cadet Division played an active role throughout that perilous period.

The personnel also provided first aid and medical services to local and large-scale events.

During the 2019/20 bushfires, St John Ambulance NSW was on the frontline with the NSW RFS in the state’s north ensuring firefighters could receive immediate medical attention and, at evacuation centres down south, supporting communities.

So, the FRRR granted the organisation $25,000 to replace defibrillators across the Northern NSW areas of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Port Macquarie, Armidale and Tamworth.

A total of nine were funded for these five divisions.

“We’re very grateful to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal for recognising our volunteers and for funding these lifesaving devices that have the potential to save so many lives in, and around, Lake Macquarie,” St John Ambulance NSW CEO Sarah Lance said.

Training officer Frazer Shepherd explained the nine defibrillators would enhance the region’s capacity to provide first aid and medical services.

“As a volunteer, these grants are so important to the work we do in St John Ambulance NSW,” he said.

“It will allow us to provide lifesaving assistance in sudden cardiac emergencies to the local residence.

“They’ll be used at community events and natural disasters to respond quickly to someone having a sudden cardiac arrest and, ultimately, save their life.”

FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton added the grants were designed to respond to what volunteers in bushfire-affected communities told them they needed to be better prepared in an emergency.

“Local volunteers are often the first-responders in situations like this and replacing critical equipment such as defibrillators provides confidence in the service’s capability to respond to the everyday emergency and in major disasters,” she said.

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