AED now accessible on Bridge St

By Simon Ruppert

The Benalla Lions Club has installed its first Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) cabinet outside the Bendigo Bank in Bridge St.

The cabinet has been installed as a result of a community AED training night held in June, which was supported by Benalla Lions, The Ensign, and Ambulance Victoria.

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Branch manager Jenny Lee said the life-saving device had been in the possession of the bank for some time, however, due to their opening hours it was not always accessible.

“We've had the AED on-site for probably two years, and in that time it has been called on three times,” Ms Lee said.

“But unfortunately, because we close, it could only be accessed in the hours of 9.30 am to 5 pm, which was very limiting.

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“But history has proven that it is needed, and it will be called upon again in the future.

“So when the Lions approached us about the idea of installing it externally, we thought it was a great idea.

“We now have it in an alarmed cabinet at the front of the branch, which makes it accessible to everyone 24/7.”

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The location of the device will be available to anyone who calls an ambulance, with the operator being able to explain where it is.

People can also download the GoodSAM app, which is used to locate AEDs.