Defibrillator placed at Hurunui Hotel

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Lifesaver ... Hurunui resident Stephen Woodbury, left, and the national product manager for the New Zealand Red Cross, Marcus Bird, at the unveiling of the defiibrillator last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

An automated external defibrillator (AED), has been mounted on a wall at the Hurunui Hotel complex.

The lifesaving piece of medical equipment, funded through the New Zealand Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, was unveiled recently.

The initiative was spearheaded by local resident Stephen Woodbury, who saw a need in the district for an AED to be available in the event of a cardiac arrest.

He approached the Red Cross and worked with the community to ensure it became a reality.

“It’s not been an easy job, but it’s been made so much easier by all the people involved,” Stephen says.

Mr Woodbury, along with Marcus Bird, who is the national product manager for the Red Cross, and local community members attended the ceremony.

Mr Woodbury said the unveiling was a great way to educate the community on AEDs and how to use one in an emergency.

Mr Bird says it is amazing to see the commitment people in the Hurunui have to ensure resilience and safety in their community.

The installation of the AED was made possible by the efforts of Mr Woodbury, the Red Cross, the Hawarden Waikari Lions Club, Adam Martin and Bettina Hoellery at the Hurunui Hotel, Ian Conner’s electrical work, Matthew Newton’s joinery skills in building the transformer box, Rob Field for his consultancy, and Papanui Electrical Supplies.

The former emergency management officer at Hurunui District Council, Dean Eades, worked with the Red Cross to establish six other AED locations around the Hurunui the Boyle River, Lyford Lodge, Conway Hall, the Greta Valley sports complex, the Waipara township and Amberley Beach.

The Red Cross Fund has enabled 14 Community AEDs to be placed at various key locations from Amberley Beach to Blenheim.

AED locations in the district can be searched using apps downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store.