Generous community donations from the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires have funded 21 new defibrillators in District 9.
The local brigades to benefit from the donations include: Allambee, Berrys Creek, Darnum-Ellinbank, Drouin West, Fish Creek, Foster, Hallston, Hedley, Loch (Nyora), Milford, Mirboo North, Neerim South, Nerrena, Nilma North, Noojee, Poowong, Ruby, Tarwin Lower (Walkerville), Willow Grove, Yanakie and Yarragon.
$1.04m of community donations were spent to ensure every brigade in the state will have at least one vehicle fitted with a defibrillator.
Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer David Chugg said the donations will save lives.
“It’s important that members are prepared if a cardiac emergency occurs,” he said.
“We have seen our members use them in some emergency situations recently and that early intervention with these automatic defibrillators saved lives.”
“Donations by the community to the CFA and Brigades Donations Trust during and after the 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires have made these additional defibrillators possible – we are very grateful for this lifesaving support.”