Mansfield Shire Council has installed a defibrillator outside the Council Chamber for public use.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said defibrillators were already available in the basketball stadium, community centre and pool, but this was the first in a permanently publicly accessible spot.
“Defibrillators restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart,” Cr Attley said.
The addition has been welcomed by Ambulance Victoria, Mansfield Team Manager, Greg Margetts.
“Cardiac arrest happens when a person’s heart suddenly stops beating and it can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere,” Mr Margetts said.
“Minutes matter and the sooner a person receives cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation from an automated external defibrillator or AED, the better their chances of survival,” he said.
Mr Margetts said anyone could use an AED, regardless of whether they have received training or not.
“If someone is in cardiac arrest and an AED is available, simply open it and follow the instructions. They are safe and easy to use and will not deliver a shock unless it is necessary.”
Cr Attley said the new defibrillator is registered on Ambulance Victoria’s website, which allows Triple Zero (000) call-takers to direct people to the nearest device in a medical emergency.
“If it is used, it connects to the ambulance service and alerts paramedics. It’s an important piece of equipment and as Mr Margetts said, could save someone’s life,” Cr Attley said.