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.

A reflection

Just reflecting on some previous save stories. Check out this story from our friends at Cardiac Science from 2017. Watching these save stories makes us sit and reflect on why we’re doing what we’re doing. Advocating to have AED’s installed in every School, Sports Club, Community Space and Workplace across Australia.





Young woman almost dies on a rowing machine

Defib For Life are happy to read of yet another save thanks to the quick thinking actions of a gym owner and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator.

A young and fit 21-year-old Sunshine Coast woman is lucky to be alive after going into Sudden Cardiac Arrest after a seizure whilst using the rowing machine at her local gym.

A fellow gym member started CPR, whilst the gyms owner Mr Aaron Petterson rushed to get the gyms defibrillator.

“You learn how to use those things in your first aid course, but you never really use it,” he said.

He said even though he was in shock, the defibrillator was so simple to use that he knew exactly what to do.

“I pressed the shock button and her body sort of jumped off the ground like it was in the movies,” he said.

With the defibrillator and CPR, they were able to get Emily’s heart going again before paramedics arrived.

“Thank God. That thing is just absolutely brilliant and was able to save her life in the end,” Mr Petterson said.

Mr Petterson said the entire ICU team were commenting on how well the CPR process was done, the speed of 000 call, removal of obstacles, compression, stability of the head and correct use of the defibrillator.

The gym was required to have a defibrillator under its terms and conditions and now this lucky young lady wants to see defibrillators in every single gym.

“If I had of had it [at my old gym] then I probably wouldn’t be alive,” she said.

“It saved my life and it will definitely save someone else’s.”

Mr Petterson was extremely thankful he had one handy and wanted them to be placed not just in gyms, but in all businesses.

“We really need to start getting these out everywhere, because they’re even quite affordable these days,” he said.

It’s literally life and death.



Share your story with us

Sue was recently contacted by one of our supporters who, after reading our recent stories on the lives that were saved with the use of an AED, wanted to share one of her own.

“Whilst watching my son (24yrs) play outdoor soccer last year on a Sunday, an opposition team member (approx 50 years old) collapsed during the play. Several on-lookers, including myself, went to his aid. He had suffered a cardiac arrest. Luckily, the soccer ground was located inside a private college in Mt Eliza and they had several AED machines on-site. 000 operators where able to direct us to locate a machine, which we used twice. When the MICA unit arrived on scene, the gentleman was conscious. I met with the player, 6 weeks later, after he had undergone a triple by-pass.

One of the by-standers, a female soccer player, who performing CPR was a paramedic. In the weeks after this event, she held an informal CPR & Defib info session for the team members, which turned out to be very useful.

Later in the year, my son was playing soccer, this time in Dandenong, for a different team. Again, a team member collapsed (22 years old) suffered a cardiac arrest and required an AED to be administered. Thankfully the sporting facility had a defibrillator available and the young man was successfully resuscitated, before ambulance officers arrived on scene.

Witnessing two events in one year for my son, is quite amazing and thankfully because AED’s where available, the outcome on both days was positive.”

If you have a story to share let us know and we will help spread the word of how Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) save lives!

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

We love our Emergency Response teams, where would we be without their support? But there is something we can do to support them and others in our community – know how to save a life.

The Chain of Survival depicts the critical actions required to treat life threatening emergencies, including heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and foreign body airway obstruction.

Know the Chain of Survival, there are 4 critical steps:

1: Early Access to the emergency response system;

2: Early CPR to support circulation to the heart and brain until normal heart activity is restored;

3: Early Defibrillation to treat cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation; and

4: Early Advanced Care by Emergency Services and hospital personnel.

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

Mates helping to save a life

It’s always great to hear about the news of a life being saved through the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Recently we reported on the story of a mother starting CPR before the stadium’s defibrillator was applied to her 15 year old son bringing him back to life after he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest whilst playing basketball.

Last week, a group of mates from the Noble Park Football Social Club saved the life of their 70-year-old friend, after he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The Clubs Automatic External Defibrillator was applied and delivered one shock. The person came to and was awake and coherent when paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.

His friends were understandably emotional, but we are sure they are proud that they were calm under pressure and that they knew where the defibrillator was located within the Club and were able to use it.

15 Year Old Basketball Player saved

New statistics released by Victorian Cardiac Arrest Registry shows that 82 people were shocked using a publicly accessible Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in 2017 – 2018, the most on record!  

The incidence of bystanders giving CPR to people who have suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest has also increased in the last decade from 46% to 63%.

In December 2018, Joshua Simpson a 15-year-old basketball player survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) thanks to early CPR and an accessible defibrillator at the Keilor Basketball Stadium.

This was the third time the defibrillator was used to save a life following previous cardiac arrests in 2012 and 2017.

It was Joshua’s mother who rushed on to the court when she saw her son collapse and who started CPR. Others fetched the defibrillator located at the arena and were able to deliver a lifesaving shock. Joshua was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived.

“To the people who assisted me to save my sons life, no words can describe the gratitude I am feeling. I’m just thankful that they were by my side to help me bring back Josh, and I’m glad it happened when and where it did because the stadium has a defibrillator. I’d like to see every child taught CPR and every sporting venue have a defibrillator”.


Defib For Life are back from our break and looking forward to the year ahead.

We have plenty planned for 2019 including getting the word out there to more people about the importance of having Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) installed in our communities so they are safer and more rescue ready.

We want no Australian to be more than 10 minutes away from an Automatic External Defibrillator.

We will be aiming to educate sporting clubs, workplaces, schools and other community spaces about the risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the lives that could be saved with a defibrillator.

Our not for profit package gives you the choice between the two leading defibrillators on the market, plus face to face training and a 7- or 8-year warranty on product, pads and battery.

In 2019 we ask you to help us advocate for their installation in every public place in Australia.