New defibrillator for Merrijig community

SAVING LIVES: A new automated external defibrillator was handed over to the Merrijig Motor Inn last week. Pictured is Merrijig Public Hall Committee members Sen Weir, paramedic Brett Cooper, Kerrie Purcell, Laurie and Louise Jacob, Motor Inn owner Mandy Aistrope, Ambulance Auxiliary member Judy Kirkham, Noel Willaton and Georgie Deyell.

SAVING lives will soon be a real possibility in the Merrijig community after a new automated external defibrillator (AED) was installed at the Merrijig Motor Inn last week.

The defibrillator was jointly funded by the Merrijig Public Hall committee, the Mansfield Ambulance Auxiliary and funding from the Mansfield Shire’s Capable Cohesive Communities Initiative.

“These AED machines are now recognised as one of the most important steps in the chain of survival,” paramedic Brett Cooper said.

“This machine by itself won’t save you, but combined with CPR, which the AED can guide you through, it most certainly helps.”

The AED will be housed at the Merrijig Motor Inn due to its 24 hour access, and will be registered with 000 as a destination to head to in case of cardiac emergency.

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