ALL Hume league clubs will be equipped with potentially life-saving defibrillators this season in a first for a league on the Border.
The idea to purchase the automated external defibrillators is that of Hume League Trainers Association chairwoman Fran Jones.
Jones believes the machines are essential at all country footy clubs and she is hoping other country leagues follow Hume’s lead and purchase the machines for their clubs.
“We as a league decided we wanted these machines for each club,” Jones said.
“You never hope that you have to use them, as with stretchers, but it’s football and these could be the difference between saving a life.
“From what I can gather having all clubs equipped with an AED is a first around here and I’d love to see the other leagues take the initiative.”
The league paid for the 13 state-of-the-art machines, which retail for up to $2000, at a reduced price through the AFL.
Jones first got the idea to buy the machines after hearing the story of Sue Buckman who lost her son.
In 2010, Stephen Buckman, 19, died from a cardiac arrest during training at the Rupertswood Football Club in Victoria.
An AED wasn’t available for 22 minutes.
Buckman is now the director of the Defib Your Club, For Life program.
“Sue has made it her mission to get AEDs into as many clubs as possible,” Jones said.
“Football in the country is a major day on Saturday not just with footy but also netball and families.
“My club is Osborne and we’re quite a bit out of town.
“Us and other clubs, we have to wait quite a long time for an ambulance … having one of these machines could be life-saving.”
She urged anyone interested in being a trainer to contact the league.
“Along with umpires, trainers are the most important part of a football club,” she said.
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