Filco Farm & Sport dealer principal Dave Filer receives a defibrillator from St Johns EMT Jon Leach and intensive care paramedic Chris Readie. Photo: Jonty Dine.

More businesses buying defibs

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While they hope they never have to use it, Filco Farm & Sport are the latest local business to purchase a defibrillator.

It means that there are now more than 130 AEDs around Nelson, some of which belong to businesses but others are public.

St Johns intensive care paramedic Chris Readie says buying a defibrillator is a great way to support the community.

“It is becoming more and more common, which is great.”

Filco Farm & Sport dealer principal Dave Filer was on hand to receive the life-saving device from St John last week.

“We decided to invest in it to support both our team and the community,” Dave says.
He says, should an emergency ever occur, his staff will be well prepared.

“Pretty much every one of our staff has done a first aid course at some stage and we continue to do refreshers.”

Dave says he was prompted to make the purchase after learning of a lack of defibrillators in the area.

“We got talking about where they are in our area and the closest we had to us while Mitre 10 Mega over the road, but there are so many people who live and work on this side of the highway, so we decided to get our own.”

He says the $3,500 purchase is an investment to potentially save someone’s life.

“We saw that as a pretty cool thing.”

Dave says, while they learn lots about fixing motorbikes, jet skis and farm vehicles, all of those things require a person to operate them.

“We hope no one ever needs it, but if they ever do, how cool would it be to save someone’s life?”

Chris of St Johns says one of the important aspects of purchasing a defibrillator is registering it online so first responders know where the nearest one is at all times.