AMA GROUP IS PARTNERING WITH DEFIB FOR LIFE…
To install lifesaving defibrillators at all 172 AMA Group sites — plus 7 donated to local sports clubs.
AMA Group values the safety of our Team, customers, contractors, and local communities above all else. This is why AMA Group is proudly partnering with not-for-profit foundation Defib for Life to install defibrillators at every one of the Group’s 172 sites over the next two months.
Each year in Australia and New Zealand, about 27,000 people have a cardiac arrest (where their heart suddenly stops beating) out of hospital. A cardiac arrest can occur at any moment and the chances of survival depend largely on having a defibrillator nearby to reset the patient’s heartbeat: From as low as 5% if no one starts CPR or defibrillation, to 90% if a defibrillator is attached immediately.
Andrew White, founder Defib for Life and a former paramedic, says, “Like fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and first aid kits, defibrillators are becoming a vital part of any workplace’s emergency response plan. AMA Group is leading by example, and I strongly encourage other workplaces to follow suit. By installing a defibrillator, you are ensuring your workplace is rescue-ready in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.”
Defib for Life was established in 2010, following the tragic loss of several young people to sudden cardiac arrests at sporting venues. 19-year-old Stephen Buckman was one of those young people. Stephen collapsed suddenly at football training and, with no defibrillator available and ambulance response prolonged, he tragically died. Andrew and Sue, Stephen's mum, joined forces to reduce the needless loss of further lives.
The Samaritan PAD 500P defibrillator provided by Defib for Life analyses heart rhythm and automatically delivers electrical shocks (if needed) to restore normal heartbeat. It also has an integrated CPR Advisor, which gives visual and verbal feedback on the force and rate of chest compressions.
Having these devices to hand at every AMA Group site will not only safeguard employees and visitors but provides a life-saving resource for the whole local community: They will be listed on national registers, so anyone witnessing a cardiac arrest nearby can locate the site online.
Carl Bizon, AMA Group CEO said “There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our people and the communities in which we work. With the biggest collision repair network across Australia and New Zealand, plus our parts supply network, partnering with Defibs for Life means there are over 170 additional defibrillators available in our workplaces, and to our communities. While we hope these will never be needed, I am pleased that we have made this investment, should their use ever be required.”
To further support the communities where its people live and work, AMA Group has acquired seven additional defibrillators from Defib for Life to donate to local sporting clubs. AMA Group staff will nominate clubs near them; one club per state in Australia and one in New Zealand will be drawn at random to receive a free defibrillator.
Defibrillators are not yet mandatory in workplaces, but through partnerships like this, companies like AMA Group help Defib for Life to continue advocating to make them more available. “The more defibs out there,” says Andrew, “the more lives will be saved.”
The Defib for Life team at AMA Group's Capital S.M.A.R.T site in Tullamarine, Vic.
From left to right: Sue Buckman, Defib For Life co-founder; Dean Lang, AMA Group Head of HSE; Andrew White, Defib For Life co-founder; Chris Agrov, Capital S.M.A.R.T; Salvatore Ciccosillo, Capital S.M.A.R.T; Kevin Glen, Capital S.M.A.R.T Operations Manager – Victoria; Vince Valentino Centre Manager - Capital S.M.A.R.T Tullamarine.
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Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program
The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocates $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
An AED is a life saving device which delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival.
The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs and councils the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.
Sporting organisations and councils will be able to choose from a panel of approved AED Panel Service Providers and a variety of AED packaged services with the level of customer service that meets their needs.