Nancy Bird VLAT to fight fires from above while AED grants open for sport groups

Defibrillator grants open

Local sports clubs are now able to apply for co-funding for a defibrillator under the NSW government’s new Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.

As a Budget commitment, the NSW government allocated funds for more than 2,500 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be rolled out across the state over the next four years.

I encourage local sporting clubs to take this opportunity to apply for a grant to help fund an AED - which can be the difference between life and death.

The program will fund up to 50 per cent of the defibrillator cost, along with training and maintenance support.

This $4 million program will make sporting fields safer for thousands of players and spectators.

More than 33,000 Australians experience cardiac arrest every year, and the first eight minutes are critical to improving the likelihood of survival.

Early access to CPR and defibrillation can influence survival rates by up to 75 percent.

The scheme is targeting community sports clubs, but applications from licensed sporting clubs and sports organisations associated with schools, churches universities, and councils will also be considered.

Applications close 20 December 2017. See: sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants

Nancy Bird VLAT

In honour of renowned Australian aviator Nancy Bird Walton AO OBE, the new water bombing DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker has been named Nancy Bird.

She was the first woman in Australia to obtain a commercial pilot’s licence and was the founder of an outback air ambulance service.

While coordinated fuel reduction cool burns will and must remain a vital part of the comprehensive fire prevention and reduction program in NSW, VLAT Nancy Bird will play a key role in protecting lives and property in emergencies.

The start of the bush fire season has been demanding with more than 6200 NSW RFS volunteers responding to 2500 fires in September alone. 

Firefighters are reassured in the knowledge Nancy Bird and 100 other aerial appliances are ready to respond to a serious emergency, and $38 million was set-aside in the Budget to secure the use of appliances in the bushfire period over the next four years.