BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: Woolgoolga Longboard Club secretary Marty Curry and resident Laddie Mackenzie, who will be housing the defibrillator.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: Woolgoolga Longboard Club secretary Marty Curry and resident Laddie Mackenzie, who will be housing the defibrillator. Trevor Veale

Enhanced response to emergencies to save lives at Arrawarra

SAVING lives isn't an everyday occurrence at Arrawarra's bay but now if an emergency arises, residents have the opportunity to be well-equipped to help.

Thanks to the Woolgoolga Longboard Club, the local Bananacoast Credit Union branch and some generous locals, a defibrillator is now available for use in the event of an emergency at the local beach.

Woolgoolga Longboard Club secretary Marty Curry set up the machine's home this week and said after a man's life was saved on a Crescent Head beach thanks to a defibrillator, the club decided having one accessible to locals in times of an emergency would be beneficial.

"They brought this guy back to life three times and if it wasn't for the defibrillator, he wouldn't be here," Mr Curry said.

The club came up with the bulk of the money to buy the machine, along with help from the local bcu and some generous locals who also donated money.

The defibrillator will be housed at 6 First Ave at Arrawarra and while it can be used in times of emergency, Mr Curry said people should always call triple zero first.



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