Visitor saved at local gym

Another story we want to share with you about the importance of having an AED in as many community places as possible, including your local gym.

68-year-old avid gym goer David Dempsey suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest whilst riding a recumbent bike at his local gym in Fort Walton Beach Florida. Staff spotted him slumped over unconscious with no pulse and immediately went into action.

They called emergency services, started CPR then applied the AED which likely saved his life.

Luckily David has made a full recovery, with a new stent in his heart and is now back on the bike.

Hear his full story here.

Uluru Rescue

A Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen anywhere at any time – even halfway up Uluru!

Luckily for the 64-year-old man who suffered a SCA whilst climbing the rock, there were several first responders around him that helped save his life.  This included two off duty paramedics from Tasmania who helped stabilise him, two Western Australian miners trained in vertical rescue who were able to perform CPR, whilst two off duty police officers went back down the rock to get a defibrillator, which shocked the mans heart back to a “survivable rhythm” within 5 minutes.

Read more about this complicated rescue here, which ultimately led to a good outcome for this lucky man.

Funding for 1000 defibrillators in caravan parks

The re-appointed Liberal Morrison Government has announced that they will invest $1 million to support the installation of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDS’) at camping sites throughout Australia, resulting in them being more rescue ready in the case of an emergency such as a Sudden Cardiac Arrest!

With camping being such a popular pastime for so many people of all ages, this enterprise will ensure caravanning and camping will be so much safer for Australians.

At Defib For Life our goal is that no Australian will be further than 10 minutes away from an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) unit. With this initiative, over 1000 Caravan Parks are expected to receive funding to ensure that defibrillators are installed on site, so campers will be no further that 10 minutes away from this life saving machine.

CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia Stuart Lamont who are partners in the project says “this program will ensure that …. lifesaving help is close to hand”.

Check out the announcement here.

A survival story from our friends at Zoll

Defib For Life works with the best Automated External Defibrillators on the market. One is the Zoll AED Plus.

Our friends at ZOLL AEDs have shared this great save story. Merle Glasser had no prior symptoms, no warning and for a few minutes, no pulse. His co-workers jumped in to help and saved his life.

Having an AED nearby makes a significant difference between survival and death. Life can change in a second – and with the push of an AED button you can save a life in seconds.

Contact Defib For Life today and learn how your workplace can become Rescue Ready.

One year anniversary for survivor of SCA

Last year Liam Birch, a healthy fit young man playing football for the Wallan Magpies Under 19’s against Rupertswood, suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and collapsed unresponsive to the ground.

A spectator at the game Tony Freeman saw Liam drop to the ground and ran to his aid. “He just sort of stood there, dazed, and then face planted. Not a faint, but a total body drop. So, I jumped straight over and when I got there, he was making gasping sounds.”

“I knew it wasn’t right, I checked his pulse and began administering the CPR… then we used the defibrillator and it saved his life.

Liam’s father Adam also rushed to his side – “it was the most traumatic experience of my life, to see my son staring blankly with nothing there – it was horrific.”

When Tony activated the defibrillator it shocked Liam once and after about 10 seconds, Liam came to. “It was the longest 10 seconds of my life” says Adam.

Liam’s life was saved by Tony Freeman, a quick thinking first responder and with the use of a defibrillator.

This Saturday 4th May Liam will once again be playing football against Rupertswood Football Club. Sue Buckman from Defib For Life will be there to support Liam’s comeback and to witness the reunion between Liam and Tony. Adam Birch will be there too, continuing to advocate the importance of installing defibrillators in every sporting ground across the country.

What if I am uncertain about using an AED?

This is a great question, and not a silly one at all. Just remember this rule: if the person is not breathing and has no pulse or has an irregular heartbeat, prepare to use the AED as soon as possible. If the person is breathing, regardless of whether they are responsive (conscious) or not responsive (unconscious), a defibrillator is not required.

Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) like the ones you can purchase in our online store are small computerised devices that analyse your heart rhythms via adhesive electrode pads attached to the person’s chest. The AED determines whether a shock is required and what size of shock is required to the heart and will then deliver the shock automatically. The shock delivered by the AED interrupts the chaotic rhythm of the heart and gives the heart the chance to return to its normal rhythm.

They only activate when necessary, eliminating the risk of a user error. They can be used anywhere by anyone to administer a life-saving shock with audio and visual prompts to guide first responders through the necessary steps. You cannot harm anyone by using a defibrillator, you can only help save their life.

NSW Community Awareness & Response to Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA)

Defib For Life, along with other organisations, were recently invited to attend a Forum at the Westmead Education & Conference Centre in Sydney.

The purpose was to come together to give our ideas to the NSW Government Health Department on ways to increase the survival rates of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA). Sue attended and gave valuable insight to the work and survival rates here in Victoria, and to the processes that Ambulance Victoria have in place, such as the AED register, Community Awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Public Access Defibrillators.

The Forum was attended by the Honourable David Hurley, Dr Kerry Chant PSM, NSW Chief Health Officer and Deputy Secretary Population & Public Health, along with NSW Ambulance.

The day included Round Table discussions on ways to increase public awareness of CPR, the need for Community First Responders, and Public Access Defibrillators.

It was a very interesting afternoon, and many valuable ideas and concepts were put forward for the Government Departments to consider.

It was agreed that all that attended would be asked to continue to support and assist in future meetings to help implement strategies.

Defib For Life will continue to support Public Access Defibrillators in NSW, and will attend further Forums later this year.

The Casterton Community is now Rescue Ready

Last week Sue had a great opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Casterton to present an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to Sharon Gill, a lifeguard at the local Casterton swimming pool. Sharon had realised that although the local bowling club, footy club, and netball club all had AED’s on site, they were locked away, when the grounds were not in use.

She realised that their community was not rescue ready!

So, through the support of a dedicated community, they raised the funds and were able to purchase not only the AED but also the secured cabinet through Defib For Life.

This has been presented by Sue to Sharon and her supporters and is now proudly now placed on the outside wall of the pool, for public use.

The Casterton Caravan Park is located across the road from the swimming pool, and they will also benefit from having this nearby, which means peace of mind to all.


The presentation of the Defibrillator was attended by all those who had helped raise the funds including those from Sacred Heart School, a Mothers Group, the Local Paper, a Kinder Group and some people from the Caravan park.

At the end of the training session Sue was thrilled to see so many people with questions so she arranged for a CPR challenge with the mannequins, where all the school kids, mums, dads, and senior people, were able to get down, and really give it a go. The one thing they had in common, was they all said it was hard work!

A great save story from our friends at ZOLL out of the USA.

The community in Niagra County USA came together 5 years ago to raise funds to purchase an AED for their sports club after one of their team mates passed away.

Then on 20th December 2018, Tom Mooradin, a fit and healthy 55-year-old, who didn’t look like the type of person to go into cardiac arrest, suddenly did!

“I looked over my shoulder and I said, ‘Oh, three minutes. I’ll get out again,'” Mooradian recalled. “I remember skating to the bench, sitting on the bench. I slide over. That’s all I remember.”
His teammates later filled him in on the rest of the story.
“Ken, who was sitting next to me, panicked and started to yell from what the boys tell me,” Mooradian said. “They all came over and about four of them lifted me over the boards. Four more guys caught me and put me on the ice. They started performing CPR.”

The defibrillator that they purchased 5 years ago was put into use, and his life was saved.

Take the time to view the video. Do you have a defibrillator in your sports club?

Talk to us today about how we can help you and your community become rescue ready.

Presentation of 17 life saving AED’s in the Dandenong Ranges Community

At Defib For Life our mission is to get defibrillators installed in as many community spaces as possible, to ensure that no-one is less than 10 minutes away from one of these life saving devices.

In 2018 The Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group launched its Defibrillator Sponsorship program which resulted in it distributing 17 Cardiac Science G5 Automatic External Defibrillators through Defib For Life to 17 groups within the community.

The Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group Chairman John Waters said it was great to offer these life saving devices to so many groups in the community.

“These units are provided so that in the case of an emergency they are close at hand and can be used if ambulance is too far away” he said. “We hope they are never used but are pleased that there are now 17 additional AED’s in our community should the need arise”.

Each group receiving an AED will also be given face to face training by Defib For Life.

The recipients of the AED’s included a Riding Club, a Parish, a Bushfire Education Centre, several Primary Schools, a Metropolitan Traffic Education Centre, a Men’s Shed, an RSL Club, a Scout Group, a Recreational and Sporting Hub, CFA and SES outlets and two pharmacies.

“This is a great outcome for our communities and another example of how the community’s banking business produces great benefits,” Senior Group Manager Mike Fleming said.

Defib For Life are so proud to help play a part in this community initiative.