CAREFLIGHT officer Paul Young with one of three new defibrillators at the Coolangatta ambulance station.
CAREFLIGHT officer Paul Young with one of three new defibrillators at the Coolangatta ambulance station.

Vital tools, thanks to gambling funds



THREE of the latest model defibrillators, worth a total of about $49,000, were yesterday formally presented to the Coolangatta and Burleigh ambulance stations.

Queensland Emergency Services Minister Pat Purcell and Burleigh MP Christine Smith praised "stalwarts" from the Coolangatta-Burleigh Heads Local Ambulance Committee who were also given long service awards.

Mrs Smith said the new defibrillators had been valuable additions to the equipment at both ambulance stations since they were delivered in December.

The "Lifepak 12" defibrillators were acquired as a result of the local committee's application to the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund and Queensland's Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

The funds are compulsorily required for community donations under gambling legislation.

"These defibrillators are vital for our paramedics and will make their work just that little bit easier," Mrs Smith said.



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