In case of emergency

Pictured L to R are: Kyneton Ambulance Auxiliary treasurer Kieran McGrath, auxiliary president Levina Bell, Ambulance Victoria Loddon group manager Tony Walsh, auxiliary secretary Helen Parker, paramedic and auxiliary vice-president Dave Van Egmond, Ben Van Egmond, and Kyneton team manager Eileen Henderson welcome the arrival of an AED at the station for use by community members in an emergency.

Pictured L to R are: Kyneton Ambulance Auxiliary treasurer Kieran McGrath, auxiliary president Levina Bell, Ambulance Victoria Loddon group manager Tony Walsh, auxiliary secretary Helen Parker, paramedic and auxiliary vice-president Dave Van Egmond, Ben Van Egmond, and Kyneton team manager Eileen Henderson welcome the arrival of an AED at the station for use by community members in an emergency.

Kyneton's paramedics have welcomed the installation of a publicly accessible automatic external defibrillator installed at its front door for 24-hour availability in case of a medical emergency.

An AED is a potentially lifesaving piece of equipment used to shock the heart back into rhythm after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

The new AED has been provided by funds raised by the Ambulance Victoria Kyneton Auxiliary, which has donated 10 of the machines to the community in the past two-and-a-half years.

Local sporting clubs, the Kyneton saleyards and a local reserve have been among the other AED recipients in the town.

Ambulance Victoria Kyneton senior team manager Eileen Henderson said defibrillation was an important link in the chain of survival for cardiac arrest sufferers.

"In the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest there are several steps that people can take to improve a patient's outcome," Ms Henderson said.

"The early calling of 000, early CPR and early defibrillation all improve patient outcomes.

"In rural communities, sometimes ambulances are located a distance away. If communities can access an AED while the ambulance is on the way they are providing potentially lifesaving care to the patient."

The AED will be located in a security box at the front door to Kyneton ambulance branch.

"People should always call Triple Zero (000) first and listen to the directions of the call taker," Ms Henderson said.

"If there are enough people to assist, then someone can be sent to get the AED from Kyneton ambulance branch.

"This can only occur if there is enough people to do so safely. The priority should always be calling Triple Zero and initiating CPR."

The Kyneton Auxiliary is the first to donate an AED to an ambulance branch. The auxiliary raises funds through support from local cyclists who take part in an annual relay event, coin donation boxes and a community fundraising night.

"The whole auxiliary group is very community minded and provides outstanding support the Kyneton paramedics," Ms Henderson said.

"We are very fortunate to have such a fantastic group of community members supporting us."

The auxiliary will next donate AEDs to the Langley community (to be housed at the primary school) and the Trentham Life Activities Club.

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