RACQ a heart starter through new partnership

RACQ has launched a new partnership with Heart of the Nation, installing automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which will help its Traffic Response teams save lives when attending roadside emergencies.

Heart of the Nation, which was founded by former Yellow Wiggle Greg Page, is an initiative which aims to recognise businesses across the country that have AEDs. It came after Greg collapsed on stage at a Wiggles concert in early 2020. 

“What saved me that day, was CPR and the fact there was a defibrillator on hand,” Mr Page said. 

“Since then, I’ve been educating Australian businesses and organisations about how critical it is to have a defibrillator on site, while encouraging them to display a ‘Heart of the Nation’ sticker, so everyone knows they have access to one in an emergency if needed.

“We’re so thrilled RACQ has come on board and now has defibrillators in 20 vehicles that patrol and attend motorway emergencies in greater Brisbane.” 

RACQ Head of Towing and Incident Management Brad Klitscher said the Club was proud to be increasing his team’s ability to respond to a cardiac arrest, as they were often the first on scene at an incident. 

“Our Traffic Response Units work across our south east Queensland motorways and around Brisbane’s CBD where pedestrians and traffic incidents can occur,” Mr Klitscher said. 

“Fitting these vehicles out with AEDs means we have the ability to immediately respond to a cardiac arrest on the roadside, and while we hope we don’t have to use them, they’ll provide an extra level of care for our members and all road users.”