The Bega District Volunteer Rescue Group has recently been able to purchase a back-up defibrillation machine thanks to a funding grant from IMB Bank Community Foundation.
The purpose of the machine was to allow the group to be able to respond to cardiac arrest instances and provide CRP first aid until ambulance officers arrived.
Bega VRA Captain Zac Willis said the machine would enable the organisation to have one in each of its vehicles, so regardless of where its members were, they would have access to the life-saving piece of equipment.
"In an emergency where someone's in a cardiac arrest situation and the ambulance isn't the closest, we would be called upon to go and assist because we have access to defibs," he said.
Although Mr Willis was thankful his team hadn't had to use a defibrillator in an emergency before, he said having an extra machine for their second vehicle just provided that extra peace of mind that the team would have sufficient access in the case of an emergency.
According to St John Ambulance Australia, a defibrillator could cost anywhere between $2,000 - $3,000.
Far South Coast community groups, charities and not-for-profits have been encouraged to get their applications in for 2022 IMB Bank Community Foundation funding, with the deadline extended to allow more time for groups to apply.
Groups in need of a financial boost to support a community-minded initiative can apply for funding via www.imb.com.au/community until 5pm, July 15.
Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO said, Anyone who is focused on improving the lives of others in their community, who has a great idea or a program already underway, should consider applying for a grant through the IMB Bank Community Foundation.
"If its a great not-for-profit idea that helps people, we want to hear about it," he said.
Since 1999, IMB Bank Community Foundation has donated over $11million to more than 800 community groups and projects, focusing on disaster relief, education, health care, sports and recreation, arts and culture, aged care, and many other services.
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