New Defibrillator for Coffin Bay Community

New Defibrillator for Coffin Bay Community

10 December 2014

THE Coffin Bay community has received a life-saving defibrillator from St John Ambulance Australia.

St John and Cummins District Community Bank presented the defibrillator and a security case to the Coffin Bay Emergency Ready Committee at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club on Tuesday.

This included a demonstration of the defibrillator, which can guide whoever uses it on its proper use.

St John Ambulance youth development officer Melissa Oudshoorn said these defibrillators could be used by anyone and could increase a person's chance of survival by 80 per cent.

"The aged population here has quite a few retired members, so there's a higher risk for them," she said.

"Part of our job is to increase public resilience through providing public access defibrillators, education and training."

The Coffin Bay Emergency Ready Committee thanked St John Ambulance and Bendigo Bank, who provided funding for the defibrillator and the security case.

Committee member Senior Constable Noel Fealy said it was great to get the support of St John Ambulance and Bendigo Bank.

"The committee did a few charity drives to get a defibrillator then Bendigo Bank said `don't worry we've got one for you'," he said.

"We chose to put it at the post office because it's a frequented place, is near the caravan park and is about as central as we can get it."

Cummins District Community Bank manager Braden Gale said the bank wanted to look out for the Coffin Bay community.

"We knew the Coffin Bay Emergency Ready Committee were looking to get a defibrillator down here," he said.

"To get it into an area in Coffin Bay where it will be suitable is vital."