A Port Fairy caravan park has been presented with a life-saving defibrillator unit in time for the summer holiday season.
Ambulance Victoria this week donated the unit to the Catalina Caravan Park.
The life-saving defibrillator, which was mounted and handed over to park owner Lloyd Phelan on Tuesday, will be available for the local community to use 24/7.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said the unit was registered so that 000 call-takers could direct people to it should an emergency arise.
The donation occurred ahead of the summer holiday season and just days before Ambulance Victoria's Restart a Heart Day on October 15.
Ambulance Victoria's regional director of Barwon South West Terry Marshall said paramedics were on a mission to improve cardiac arrest survival rates after research revealed a 50 percent drop in survival during the first three months of COVID-19 restrictions.
Mr Marshall said the more Victorians that knew CPR, how to use a defibrillator and where they were located in the community, the more lives would be saved.
"Every day, the hearts of around 18 Victorians will stop beating due to cardiac arrest, and only one in 10 of those people will survive," he said.
"The sooner someone receives CPR and defibrillator, the better their chances of survival.
"The chain of survival is simple - call 000, push hard and fast ont he middle of the chest and shock using the defibrillator."
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