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Defibrillators saving lives locally

Yamba Rotary Club’s Gayle and Vic Doe and Rick Angelo, with one of the four new defibrillators which were installed in Yamba last week. Image: Fran Dowsett.
The Yamba Rotary Club has installed four new defibrillators in Yamba, bringing the number of these life saving machines in the town to 11. These new machines have been placed on the outside wall of several Yamba businesses; Yamba/Iluka Real Estate (on the corner of Wooli and Yamba Streets), Elders Real Estate in Coldstream Street, Andrew Harris Engineering (Uki Street Yamba Industrial Estate) and Raymond Laurie Sports Centre (just off Angourie Road). Yamba Rotary Club member Gayle Doe said that the project kicked off after the club made the decision to approach Clarence Valley Council [CVC] for new signage to inform the public as to where the seven existing defibrillator machines are located and realised that they were all located within business houses that were only open during certain hours. “There is one at the Yamba pool, but the pool is only open six months of the year,” said Mrs Doe. “The four new machines are located where they will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day.” Mrs Doe said that the new council directional signage which will inform the public to their exact location will be erected at prominent places around Yamba this week. “We’d like to encourage everyone to inform themselves as to where they are located, as someone’s life could depend on that,” she said. “Several lives have already been saved by the use of existing defibrillators within the town, including a young man in his 20’s. “Local representative for Resqtec [the supplier of the new machines] Adam Jarrett will provide training free of charge to businesses housing the new machines.” Yamba Rotary Club are planning an information session in the near future, which will be open to the general public on how to operate these life saving machines. Early use of the defibrillator (within the first five minutes) gives the patient the best chance of survival, whilst awaiting an ambulance.