SPORTING clubs can apply for a new defibrillator so players, spectators and parents can step in during an emergency until paramedics arrive on scene.
Western Victoria MP Jaala Pulford urged clubs across the region to apply for the life-saving device in the state government’s continued roll-out of 1000 defibrillators to non-government and not-for-profit clubs.
Ms Pulford has already gifted automated external defibrillators to organisations in Charlton, Horsham, Ararat, Hamilton, Dunnolly and Casterton.
“Nobody should die playing the sport that they love. We are listening to the experts, who tell us early intervention is crucial to survival,” Ms Pulford said.
Clubs are assessed on location, age of members, the sport and number of volunteers who will be trained to provide emergency care. Successful clubs must implement a sports medical plan, so that they are prepared to act fast in an emergency.
The new devices will appear on an Ambulance Victoria database, so triple-zero operators can direct callers to available defibrillators, if needed, during an emergency.
For more information visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
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