Rescue Squad receives heart-felt addition

NEW TOOL: Mudgee Rescue Squad member Colin Ratcliff and fellow Squad member and St John’s trainer Gwendy Cooper pictured with the latest addition to their inventory a lifesaving G5 Defibrillator.

NEW TOOL: Mudgee Rescue Squad member Colin Ratcliff and fellow Squad member and St John’s trainer Gwendy Cooper pictured with the latest addition to their inventory a lifesaving G5 Defibrillator.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad has a vital piece of new equipment, a Lifesaving G5 Defibrillator. The $4100 machine was obtained by the Squad after they successfully applied for the “Defib Your Club, For Life!” program which, provides the defibrillator at no cost to the organisation. The Squad is required to be self funded and responsible for the procurement and maintenance of all its equipment, so it fit the criteria for the program.
Colin Ratcliff of the Mudgee Rescue Squad said the defibrillator was a critical tool when the squad can he called to all corners of the region and another machine may not be available. “To have a defibrillator on our truck is a vital and welcome addition to our inventory,” he said. “Not the least because our volunteer base is made up of a significant number of senior members that, while fit and active, aren’t getting any younger. “The role of the Mudgee Rescue Squad per-forms is often in high stress circumstances and often in remote areas of the district. “In the case of a fatality the NSW Ambulance Service leave the scene to get back to town for stand by duties, leaving the squad and many other emergency service personnel without access to a defibrillator.” The ‘Defib Your Club, For Life!” program was founded by Andrew White and Sue Buckman. Mr White, a paramedic, was off duty at a football match when Ms Buckman’s 19-year-old son Stephen collapsed and died of cardiac arrest, A defibrillator wasn’t available for 22 minutes. If one had been available in five minutes it could have been a different story.

Article Mudgee Guardian – April 24 2013
By Sam Potts