UNIQUE PROJECT: Peter Strohfeldt, John Mullaly, Peter Spencer, Leah Roth, Colleen Maddern, Vicki Boyd, Bill Turner at the defibrillator presentation.
UNIQUE PROJECT: Peter Strohfeldt, John Mullaly, Peter Spencer, Leah Roth, Colleen Maddern, Vicki Boyd, Bill Turner at the defibrillator presentation.

Defibrillator training on offer in Gayndah

GAYNDAH community groups, churches and other organisations now have defibrillators, thanks to the Gayndah Lions Club and Freemasons, but how many of you know how to use them?

The two clubs will be hosting a free training session in the Masonic Hall on the corner of Simon and Capper streets this Saturday at 3pm to show the community how easy they are to use.

Participants will watch a 20-minute DVD on using the Zoll automatic defibrillators to see just how easy they are to use.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

The clubs recently distributed 15 defibrillators around Gayndah and district after receiving funding from the Community Gambling Benefit Fund.

Freemason Bill Turner told the Times in late September that misconceptions about their use were held by some in the community.

“Some of those in the community believe you can be sued if the person you’re trying to help ends up dying due to the use of defibrillators,” he said.

“So much so, I’ve had to start passing the Good Samaritan Act around the community to stop the gossip.”

The law in question is the legal protection offered to those who offer assistance to someone who may be injured or hurt.

This protection encourages bystanders to aid those in an emergency situation, without any civil liability.


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