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The Russell Island First Responder Group has donated a defibrillator to the Russell Island Bowls Club from their community funds.

FRG leader, Rosemary Tyndall, has told The Friendly Bay Islander that defibrillators have been proven to save lives in locations where they are more likely to be needed.

Having one located at the Russell Island Bowls Club is part of the First Responder Group’s pro safety agenda.

Club President, Fran Waghorn, on behalf of the bowls club thanked the First Responder Group.

She said with usually an ageing population around bowling greens she can see the defibrillator being of ‘great benefit’ should it be needed in an emergency.

“All staff at the bowls club will be trained in its use,” she said.

The defibrillator joins a cluster of similar life-saving machines donated last year to the passenger ferries that service the islands.

• 1st responder Judy Sutton, club president Fran Waghorn, FRG Leader Rosemary Tyndall at the announcement.