Launceston Lifesaving Club has received a much-needed upgrade in it’s resuscitation equipment.
The club received new oxygen resuscitation and therapy equipment with partial funding from the Federal Government Volunteer Grant scheme.
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Launceston Lifesaving Club chief instructor Michelle Brook said the new equipment would replace some items that have been in use for 45 years.
“This is a bit more up-to-date and slick,” Ms Brook said.
“We’ll take it with us when we do any kind of water safety activity which we do regularly and we’ll have it on standby as part of our swift-water rescue.
“We may also use it in other areas of Launceston when we’re called out for non-water based type rescues as well.”
The equipment is designed to be used in conjunction with a defibrillator when resuscitation procedures are being deployed.
“It basically increases the chance of survival for someone who might have drowned,” Ms Brook said.
“The functionality of it is pretty stock standard … but we can pick it up, it’s mobile and have it ready to throw on our shoulders immediately.”
It basically increases the chance of survival for someone who might have drowned. The functionality of it is pretty stock standard … but we can pick it up, it’s mobile and have it ready to throw on our shoulders immediately.
Bass MHR Bridget Archer said alleviating any type of expense from small community groups was important.
“In the scheme of things these are relatively low-cost grants but for community organisations there’s a lot of fundraising that goes into achieving a piece of equipment like that,” she said.