Published On 30 June 2017 at 12:00 PM
Sutherland Shire Council’s Australia Day AUSFEST 2017 charity of choice, Response For Life, officially donated six lifesaving portable defibrillation machines to the Miranda and Sutherland Police Local Area Commands and the St George & Sutherland Community College, purchased with the proceeds of funds raised during Council’s AUSFEST celebrations.
“Five of the defibrillators will be assigned to local police vehicles and one unit will be given to the Community College for use in emergency situations on campus,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce.
“I’m incredibly proud of our community’s generosity during Council’s AUSFEST celebrations, which enabled Response For Life to purchase these devices, giving them to areas they are needed most.
These portable defibrillators will save lives in our community,” said the Mayor.
Julia Zuza, Managing Director of Response For Life, highlighted the benefits of the defibrillators and the ease of applying them in emergencies.
“The particular model of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) we are donating is the Zoll AED PLUS, a top of the line AED which can be operated easily with limited training. The use of AEDs is taught in all First Aid courses and the automated nature of the units is designed to work in conjunction with Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR),” said Julia.
Miranda Local Area Commander, Superintendent Michael O’Toole, noted the importance of having portable defibrillators on hand for police during an emergency.
“In responding to critical situations it is imperative that our officers be equipped with the tools necessary to address a range of security and medical circumstances,” said Superintendent O’Toole.
“As first responders, police will use these devices in the process of preserving life on numerous occasions. Their portability and simple operation with training makes them an incredibly useful piece of equipment in the police toolkit,” he said.
Sutherland Local Area Commander, Superintendent Julian Griffiths, echoed these sentiments and welcomed the new defibrillators with gratitude.
“These devices are a life-saving tool for our officers to use in the field. They have a real world application which can increase survivability and aid the chances of recovery and quality of life when applied successfully,” added Superintendent Griffiths.
Patricia Carroll, Principal of the St George & Sutherland Community College, expressed her appreciation for the school’s new AED.
“The AED is an incredibly valuable resource we can access in a medical emergency. The safety of our staff and students is always top priority, and with this unit I feel confident the SGSCC team can provide the best emergency medical care until first responders arrive,” said Patricia.
The new AEDs were officially handed over by Response For Life staff to their recipients in a ceremony hosted by Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce at Peryman Square, Cronulla on Wednesday 28 July 2017.