The free workshops take about an hour with the aim of building confidence should an individual ever find themselves in a situation where they need to use an AED.
Anyone with basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) knowledge can easily use the AED till medics are at hand as the machines are self-instructing.
According to council president Brent Fisher, the response from the public has been positive with adults as well as children attending the workshops.
Fisher encourages kids to go along to the workshops. “even if they aren’t strong enough, they can help guide an adult”, he said.
Recalling a comment made by one mama who attended an earlier workshop, Fisher said, “she couldn’t bear it if something happened to her kids and she couldn’t help them because she didn’t take the opportunity to learn how to use the machine, which is what the workshop is for, building that confidence to try and save someone’s life”.
At present there are around 12 machines around Rarotonga, some of which can be seen in the map image.
The locations of the machines are not common knowledge among most locals and therefore the council with the sponsorship of CITC Building Centre have begun installing road signs with the green AED logo (bottom left on map) to indicate the presence of an AED on the premises.
Even with the new signage going up, Fisher encourages the public to find out where the AED is located in their area and head along to one of the councils workshops to run through how the machines are used.
CITC Building Centres General Manager Anthony Francis said the company is happy to support the AED programme as part of their contribution to this year’s 50th celebrations keeping in mind the amount of people that will be on the island for the celebrations.
The council would like to express a big meitaki maata to CITC and local businesses who are supporting the AED programme.
Anyone wanting to sponsor an AED or take part in a workshop should contact Fisher to register their interest on 55154 or head to Fishers Black Pearl Jewellery located beside the Police station.