TWO thousand dollars is a lot of money to spend on a device you hope never to use.
But the 1st Wodonga Scouts group leader Greg Spann believed buying a defibrillator from St John was a worthwhile investment.
“Just in case,” he said.
All 18 of the scout group’s leaders and venturers completed a St John’s training course two weeks ago to learn how to use the life-saving machines.
Mitch Hardman, 16, said if he didn’t do the training he would be like his friends who couldn’t assist someone having a cardiac arrest.
“Even though we hope never to use it, it gives you that peace of mind that you can help someone until the ambulance gets there,” he said.
St John training centre co-ordinator Helen Chant said her organisation would like to see more community groups buying defibrillators, which sound instructions on how a person can assist and administer electrical energy to the heart of the patient.
“Having that close could be the difference between life or death,” she said.
To inquire about training or buying a defibrillator, contact St John Albury on (02) 6021 0088.