Lifesaving equipment donated to VICSES Gippsland Units
This week Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) units across Victoria’s east received critical funds to purchase essential lifesaving equipment, as part of the AAMI Equipment Handover program, to help keep their communities safe.
AAMI has been VICSES’ Principal Community Partner since 2002, during which time AAMI has contributed over nine million dollars with a large portion going towards the purchase of critical emergency response equipment.
This year’s funds have been used to purchase over 3,200 pieces of equipment across the state. For VICSES units across Gippsland this means a share of nearly 500 pieces for rescue kits, worth over $80,000, including:
- Three mules, or one-wheel stretchers, used to move immobilised patients over rough terrain for Sale, Stratford and Tambo Valley units
- An automated external defibrillator to assist with cardiac issues for the Maffra Unit
- Nine chainsaw kits to help VICSES volunteers when called out to road crash rescues for VICSES Bendoc, Cann River, Foster, Inverloch, Mallacoota, Morwell, Rosedale, Phillip Island and San Remo Units.