Smithton Rescue Service Social Club

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The Smithton Rescue Service Social Club is the fundraising arm of the Circular Head Unit of the State Emergency Service. The Club raises money to support the purchase of road crash rescue equipment and storm damage prevention and repair needs. The Club also provides first aid at many community events and first aid training and lighting and generators for the community.

The Club identified the need for defibrillators across the Circular Head community, particularly in remote rural communities within the municipality. The Club worked with the community to identify the most appropriate location for the defibrillators in the community and agreed to provide training to the community on how to use the defibrillators. With Tasmanian Community Fund support the Club was able to purchase eight defibrillators for installation at Temma, Togari, Woolnorth, Edith Creek, Lileah and Rocky Cape with two at Mawbanna.

About a week after the installation of the defibrillators a gentleman suffered a heart attack after competing in a go-kart race. The local defibrillator was used to help save this gentleman’s life and to reduce the impact of the heart attack on him and his family.

The Club have trained 110 community members in CPR and AED. They are also producing fridge magnets for distribution to 3 200 households in the Circular Head area and for placement in doctors’ surgeries, information centres, Rural Health and the Council. The magnets will provide information on the defibrillators and action they should be taken if anyone should suffer a heart attack.