The recent installation of a defibrillator in Pokeno has been described as a community asset.
On Sunday 23 July, the unveiling of the device was held at the Pokeno Hall, which will house the defibrillator for community use.
The defibrillator was donated by the Mercer Volunteer Fire Brigade, after it was upgraded with a new one from Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
With donations received from the community, the Mercer team had their old defibrillator serviced, and had the battery replaced before donating it to the Pokeno community.
Todd Miller was instrumental in helping organise the life saving device being installed for use of the community.
Helen Clotworthy, chair of the Pokeno Community Committee, says the initiative is an asset for the township.
The defibrillator is located inside the hall, and Helen explained that there are several simple steps to access it.
“In the alcove at the hall, there is a sign showing the steps that you need to take to open the door. All you have to do is call 111, who will then give you a code to access the door, and a combination to unlock the defibrillator.”
Ken Graham, a former cardiologist, retired to Pokeno 12 years ago, and says having a defibrillator on hand could be very helpful in a cardiac event.
“It certainly gets people thinking about what you can do if ever an event occurs. Having a device like this could be very beneficial to the community.”
Representatives from St John Pukekohe and Mercer Fire Brigade attended the unveiling, which saw demonstrations given on adult, child and infant mannequins to the public, with a training AED.
Todd Miller said it was to help show where the placement of the pads need to be, and how the device would work in the event of an emergency.
“Anyone who has been in a situation where they have experienced cardiac arrest knows just how frighting it can be,” said Helen Clotworthy.
“The more people who know that there is a device at hand and available to them could potentially help to save a life.”