Parkes Shire Council has announced a project with Heart of the Nation, a charitable initiative set up by former Yellow Wiggle kids entertainer, Greg Page, that will see eight publicly accessible AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) installed across the shire.
“Given the fact that around 80% of cardiac arrests happen in the home, Council is pleased to announce this initiative that places AEDs within a much closer proximity to many more residents,” said Mayor of Parkes Shire, Ken Keith.
“Over the coming weeks, Council will commence the installation of the units and you will start to see these bright yellow tower stands popping up in various locations throughout the Shire,” he said.
“These will house the AEDs and are designed to be bright to ensure high-visibility so that people know where to find an AED when it is needed.”
“An AED is simple to use, and requires no training, qualification or certification to try to save someone’s life. However, Heart of the Nation will be organising several community CPR and AED user training sessions for our residents to take part in (either virtually, or in person when restrictions allow) so that more of us are prepared to respond in the most appropriate way, and with confidence,” says Founder of Heart of the Nation, Mr Page.
“Access will also be provided to an app which will help to identify the location of the new AEDs as well as existing AEDs in Parkes that are already a part of the Heart of the Nation network.
“For those businesses, community groups or individuals that already have an AED, you are welcome to become a member of the Heart of the Nation network – it’s free, and it will help people identify the location of your AED if it is needed nearby your premises. Visit www.heartofthenation.com.au for more information,” he said.
Council says the AEDs will be located in unlocked cabinets, so that they can be accessed rapidly when needed.
“The AEDs are fitted with tracking devices, so we know where they are at all times. But this does not mean they are not at risk of theft or vandalism. As these are a community asset, and designed to save lives, they can only do so if the AED is in the cabinet, and in working order when needed,” said Mayor Keith.
“We encourage the assistance of the community to ensure that any theft or suspected theft, or vandalism of the AEDs or the cabinets is reported to the Council offices.
“Thank you Greg for selecting Parkes as one of the first local government areas in NSW where this project will be rolled out. It is a fantastic initiative, guided by a desire for better outcomes for people that experience sudden cardiac arrest, whether it be in the home, at work, or in public places.”