Farmers urged to Gear Up to Save Lives

St John Ambulance Queensland and AgForce are joining together to urge all Queensland farmers to have a life-saving defibrillator on their farms to respond in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

life-saving defibrillatorSt John Ambulance (Qld) CEO Alex Hutton says Heart disease is Australia’s No.1 killer and it takes a precious life every 26 minutes.

“For every passing minute without a defibrillator shock, the chance of survival reduces by ten percent –defibrillators can save lives. Without a defibrillator close by, the survival rate for cardiac arrest is somewhere between two and five percent.”

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley says most farmers lived and worked in remote locations a long way from medical assistance so having equipment like first aid kits and defibrillators on the property was very important.

“While farming is an extremely rewarding profession, it also has risks and dangers, so it’s incumbent on all of us to do what we can to ensure our workplace health and safety is of the highest standard possible.”

Mr Hutton encouraged all Queensland farmers to be equipped with defibrillators and everyone on the farm trained in their operation, with St John offering a one-off special on two of their top lifesaving defibrillators.

“St John (Qld) will provide a free alarmed cabinet, carry case, responder kit, signage visibility kit and CPR training with every defibrillator purchased by AgForce members.”

To learn more about the total first aid solutions and services St John (Qld) can offer, please visit www.stjohnqld.com.au