‘Kiss of life’ added to DM patrol trucks

Every year more than 30,000 Australians experience a heart attack, only five per cent of them survive because of delays reaching them.

To address this DM Roads Queensland has included automated defibrillators (AED) in all patrol trucks.

AEDs are small, mobile devices that guide the user through a step-by-step process using visual and voice prompts. AEDs have been proven to improve survival rates by 80%.

DM Roads Queensland Contract Manager, Jim Schoenmaker, said the addition of AEDs to all our patrol trucks will provide further support to our people who are all first aid certified and can administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

“With many of our crews working in rural locations, time is the most important factor in responding to a heart attack. With an average ambulance response time of between nine and 18 minutes, every minute that passes without the use of an AED, the chance of survival is reduced by 10 per cent,” Jim said.

“DM Roads Queensland invested $22,000 in the AEDs and I would be more than happy if they were never used. But in the event that one of our employees, contractor or a member of the community suffers a heart attack, knowing our crews have the best possible training and resources to increase that person’s survival rate makes me even happier.”

The rollout of the AEDs is part of DM Roads Queensland’s wider commitment to providing the safest possible workplace for its people.