The CFA has announced a generous donation of $39440 from Victorian grain growers in recognition of the vital work they do to protect and serve communities across the state’s north east.
With funds raised by Victorian grain growers via GrainCorp’s Grain Harvest Management Program across the 2016/17 season, nominated Field Command Vehicles (FCVs) will now be equipped with life-saving defibrillators.
Assistant chief officer Ross Sullivan said he was pleased with the receipt of 18 defibrillators.
‘‘They will assist CFA personnel to be better equipped and will primarily be used on CFA members in the case of an emergency,’’ Ms Sullivan said.
‘‘We’re pleased that the recipients of 18 defibrillators will assist CFA personnel to perform their duties and be equipped in the best way they can.
‘‘Our members are required to often work their hardest in the worst of heat and conditions, sometimes without the opportunity to take a break.
‘‘Unfortunately this sometimes results in our members becoming unwell.’’
The defibrillators are an example of the significant contribution by Victoria’s grain growers’ and their involvement in regional communities.
Expressing his gratitude for the donation, Mr Sullivan said: ‘‘We are extremely grateful for the support of the growers and for their enormous effort.’’
The north east region of Victoria is home to some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease in the state.
The donated defibrillators will greatly increase the chance of survival for CFA members in the case of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.