SAVING LIVES: Paramedic Tony Stout (centre) gives Leon Druce and George Hoath a lesson on CPR and how to use an AED.
SAVING LIVES: Paramedic Tony Stout (centre) gives Leon Druce and George Hoath a lesson on CPR and how to use an AED. Meg Gannon

Jandowae residents learn how to save a life

GEORGE Hoath was sitting at Jandowae Bowls Club one night, enjoying a post-work beer, when a story on the news caught his attention.

A man had died suddenly but the death could have been avoided if a defibrillator had been close at hand.

Desperate not to have the same thing happen in Jandowae, Mr Hoath said it was time to take some action.

With determination and plenty of help from the community, Mr Hoath bought a portable defibrillator designed to be used by the town in case of emergencies.

About 35 town members gathered at Jandowae Bowls Club last Friday night for a demonstration on how to use the defibrillator, thanks to Officer in Charge, paramedic Tony Stout.

"It's to let the community know how to work the machine,” Mr Stout said.

"There's a couple of sporting clubs in town that have purchased a defibrillator tonight.

"It's an older population and there's certainly a propensity for patients to become unconscious for whatever reason.”

Alongside a demonstration on how to operate the automated external defibrillator, Mr Stout also talked about CPR awareness, how to give CPR, and particularly urged locals to call triple zero as soon as an incident occurred.

Mr Hoath said the defibrillator was available to borrow and use at any function being held by residents, be it a party, sporting events, or a casual get-together.

"If it's not used in 10 years that's fine, but if it is used and it saves one life in 10 years, that's good enough,” he said.

The bowls club will also hold a bowls day to raise funds for another defibrillator for the community.


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