Elders for safer communities with AED rollout across northern Australia - Elders Rural Services

Elders for safer communities with AED rollout across northern Australia

Elders is pleased to announce that branches across Queensland and the Northern Territory will now house an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in store, with the aim of supporting safer communities and workplaces.

Each year, more than 30,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest. Providing immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation and using a defibrillator (sometimes called a ‘defib’ or AED) can greatly increase their chances of survival.

Safety Manager for Elders QLD/NT Allen Smythe says the rollout is another step in Elders’ commitment to providing safer workplaces for staff and will offer an important emergency service to local communities.

“Earlier this year our state team identified a real need for this equipment in each branch,” said Mr Smythe.

“By making sure every branch in our northern network will have such an important piece of equipment on hand, we hope to provide a valuable resource during an emergency.”

“The hope is that we never have to use them, but we are pleased to announce this step.”

Elders Springsure Branch Manager, Tony Ganzer, says that having this equipment on hand at the branch isn’t just for the Elders customers but also for the wider community.

“For a small community like Springsure there is currently only three AED devices in the town; at the fire station, the police station and ambulance station.”

Mr Ganzer, who is also an Auxiliary Fire Fighter with Queensland Fire & Emergency Service, says early access to this equipment can save lives.

“Everyone in our community now has early access to this type of equipment at the Elders branch if it is ever needed. The response we have already had from the public has been really positive.”

Communities with an Elders branch are encouraged to contact their local team to better understand the location of each defibrillator, and the opening hours of that branch.

The northern AED rollout coincides with National Farm Safety Week, a national initiative to raise awareness for safety hazards affecting farmers and rural communities.

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