Football Queensland has announced First Aid Accident & Emergency as its Official First Aid Partner.
The partnership with the state-based first aid training provider and defibrillator specialist will offer the Queensland football community with access to discounted defibrillation packages and valuable education on heart safety.
By working closely with First Aid Accident & Emergency, Football Queensland will be able to give valuable education and access to first aid equipment for Queensland clubs and volunteers
In addition, the partnership reaffirms Football Queensland’s goal of having a defibrillator at every licensed football club across the state.
Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci outlined the importance of this new collaboration with First Aid Accident & Emergency.
“The health and safety of every participant is Football Queensland’s number one priority, and we are committed to ensuring our football clubs and venues are safe environments for all in attendance,” he said.
“We’re delighted to partner with First Aid Accident & Emergency to ensure every club across the state has access to an easy-to-use defibrillator within three minutes of a potential incident.
“This is a crucial initiative that will provide clubs with direct solutions that can save lives, by educating them on how a defibrillator can be used in serious incidents both on and off the field.
“Our goal is to have a defibrillator in every licensed football club across Queensland, so we look forward to working closely with First Aid Accident & Emergency to provide valuable education and access to first aid equipment to our clubs and volunteers.”
An incident like cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at anytime, as evidenced with Christian Eriksen during Euro 2020. This served as a reminder for all clubs to have an appropriate plan in place, whether it be during a game or in training.
“Saving lives is First Aid Accident & Emergency’s business, and we’re delighted to support Football Queensland in assisting clubs on their defibrillator purchase journey,” First Aid Accident & Emergency Director Scott Whimpey said.
“Cardiac arrests are medical emergencies, and if the heart is not restarted immediately, cardiac arrest can lead to brain damage and even death.
“Every second counts in these situations; after a sudden cardiac arrest, every minute without defibrillation or CPR decreases the person’s chances of survival by 10%, which is why it is so important for defibrillators to be readily available.”
Defibrillator packages are available to purchase direct from First Aid Accident & Emergency.
Clubs will be provided with a link to access discounted defibrillation packages.