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The ACT Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service have been armed with a life-saving tool for frontline workers, with the installation of automatic external defibrillators. 

Minister for Emergency Services Mick Gentleman said the defibrillators had been fitted in ambulances and fire and rescue vehicles – and were being rolled out to rural fire and emergency service vehicles, with 91 new machines to be installed.

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The chances of someone surviving cardiac arrest increased dramatically with the use of an automatic defibrillator, Mr Gentleman said.

Rural Fire Service chief officer Joe Murphy said the community should “rest assured that our volunteers are properly equipped now, but also they’re there to assist the community should the need arise, an AED is just around the corner there to assist”.

The defibrillators cost $340,000, almost half of the funding from the Commonwealth.

The rollout comes as the ACT prepares for the fire season.

“We expect to see more prevalence of events like this in severe storms, especially as temperatures rise and we have more severe heat occurrences across the territory,” Mr Gentleman said.

Fire danger signs were expected to be delivered before the bushfire season.

This article was originally published by the Canberra Times.

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