October 11, 2016

Defibrillator to make riddells creek safer

The Andrews Labor Government is equipping the Riddells Creek sporting community with a life-saving defibrillator.

This week Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas announced the Riddells Creek Tennis Club is one of 100 clubs across the state receiving the life-saving device. The portable defibrillator will also be used by other clubs using the facility including Riddells Football Netball Club, Riddells Cricket Club, Riddells Creek Scout Troop and the Riddells Creek Basketball Association.

When cardiac arrest strikes, there’s not a second to spare.

Early intervention greatly increases the likelihood of survival during cardiac arrest. Having a defibrillator means players, parents and spectators can step in and take action until paramedics arrive.

The Labor Government promised to install life-saving defibrillators at 1000 grassroots clubs across Victoria, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. More than a dozen Victorians suffer cardiac arrest every day, so we know this investment will save lives.

Defibrillators at local sports clubs keep players safe and spectators protected, but they’re also a vital tool for the community. Each device will be registered with Ambulance Victoria’s database, giving triple zero operators a handy guide of where to find one when an emergency strikes nearby.

Local sports clubs that already have defibrillators are encouraged to ensure their devices are registered with Ambulance Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Mary-Anne Thomas MP
"Sports clubs in Riddells Creek are the heart of the community, and we’re thrilled to be able to give them extra security in case an emergency strikes."

"The Andrews Labor Government promised 1000 life-saving defibrillators at grassroots sports clubs and we’re getting on with it. These devices will save lives."

"A person’s chance of survival during cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent with every minute that passes. There simply isn’t a second spare."

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