AGL's gift real heart starter

THE AGL Action Rescue Helicopter is in the business of saving lives locally, but soon the service will be playing a role in Vanuatu.

The rescue helicopter is donating a superseded Heart Start Defibrillator to the Northern Provincial Hospital in Santo, Vanuatu.

This Heart Start Defibrillator has been a vital piece of equipment on the Maroochydore and Bundaberg-based helicopters for many years.

"When it was purchased 13 years ago it was state-of-the-art equipment but it no longer suits the medical techniques being used by doctors and paramedics in Australia and has been replaced by other equipment on our helicopters," AGL Action Rescue Helicopter chief executive officer David Donaldson said.

"We're unable to use it any longer and we're pleased to see this equipment go to someone who can make full use of it."

Global Mission Partners will take the defibrillator over this weekend. The Northern Provincial Hospital has been surviving with just one defibrillator and the advantage of receiving a second means staff are already trained and qualified in its use and maintenance.

On Thursday, Mr Donaldson and flight paramedic Dave Ellaby will hand over the life-saving equipment to Lyn and Allen Cox from Global Mission Partners ahead of Sunday's aid mission to Vanuatu.

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