TasWater expands statewide network of lifesaving AED’s

(L to R) Greg Slore,TasWater Senior Safety Advisor, Valena Burns Tasman Council, Kelly Spaulding Mayor of Tasman Council, Pam Fenerty Tasman Councillor, Jamie Gangell, Works Supervisor Tasman Council.

TASWATER recently staged a series of safety seminars across the state, including on the Peninsula, to update staff on the importance of being safe at work.

The message went further than just being alert to workplace dangers with an emphasis on general driver behaviour, the impact of fatigue as well as considering mental health and overall wellbeing.

Another spin-off of the safety seminars was a collaboration with St John Ambulance to provide Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AED’s) for TasWater to present to local councils in areas where the workshops took place.

Tasmania currently has a network of more than 500 defibrillators.

But many of these exist in a business or other location that aren’t available for 24/7 public access.

Up to 30,000 Australians die every year from sudden cardiac arrest and many of these deaths would be preventable if an AED was easily accessible.

 St John Ambulance Commercial Operations Manager Jeremy Bosworth said sudden cardiac arrest could strike at anytime, anywhere.

“Defibrillators save lives and having more speedily accessible to the public will help a greater number of people make it home to their friends and families.

“Defibrillation within 3–5 minutes of sudden cardiac arrest collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50–75 per cent, so minutes matter.

“Survival rates without defibrillation are as low as 12 per cent.’’

TasWater has presented AED’s to councils including Clarence, Huon Valley, Derwent Valley, West Coast, Southern and Northern Midlands, Break O’Day, Glamorgan Spring Bay and the Tasman.

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