Defib in Gatton

Gatton Lions Club purchased a defibrillator for Gatton’s IGA mall. Brett Qualischefski, Ralph Gurowski, IGA manager Jason Rayner, Marj Johansen, landlord Val Vaughan, and Lawrie Johansen at the handover on 26 April. Pictures: GRACE CRICHTON

A publically accessible defibrillator is now installed in Gatton, giving locals peace of mind and potentially saving a life.

It is located inside the IGA mall, toward the Railway St end.

The defib was purchased by Gatton Lions Club with assistance from landlords John Hisslop and Val Vaughan.

Gatton Lions Club treasurer Lawrie Johansen said the club was eager to install the device.

“We’ve had some good barbecues over the last 12 months and our funds were pretty healthy,” he said.

“It’s an easy to use defibrillator.

“It tells you what to do, you press the button and it tells you how to go about doing it.

“It’s as simple as that.”

For Spano’s IGA Gatton manager Jason Rayner, installing a defib in the centre was already on his mind so the timing was ideal.

Its location at the entrance to the public restrooms alley is an ideal spot for people to access it.

“It’s unimpeded by anything here,” Mr Rayner said.

“It’s an open spot to have it, people can see it and it’s accessible.

“At least it’s there now, a bit of peace of mind that we have got one.”