Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke hands large cheque for $2,500 to Tammy Riddell in front of photo with other squad in uniform at rear of photo and a Narrandera Rescue Squad truck also in background
Squad Captain Wayne Heidtmann (Back-Right) and Steph Cooke MP (Front-Left) were joined by other volunteers of the VRA including Vice Captain Squad Tammy Riddell (Front-Right), Secretary Alastair Macdonald (Back-Left) and Trainee Dennis Elmer (Back-Centre)

The Narrandera Unit of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association will soon be purchasing new life saving equipment thanks to a grant from the NSW Government.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke presented the Unit with a $2,500 cheque to buy a defibrillator, as part of a $77,500 investment across the state.

Ms Cooke said the work the volunteers undertake is truly appreciated by the community at large and understands the hard work they put into rescuing those in emergency situations.

“This defibrillator will not only have the capacity to save lives, but it also acts as a major part of the training completed on-site by trainees at the Narrandera VRA,” Ms Cooke said.

“Every dollar we provide to this organisation is put to fantastic use and I know Squad Captain Wayne Heidtmann is extremely keen to see the VRA get the most out of this new equipment.”

Captain Heidtmann lauded his co-volunteers and trainees who put themselves through rigorous training in order to be best prepared in emergency situations, and thanked Ms Cooke for her involvement in securing the funds from the State Government.

“We can’t thank Steph enough for this contribution to our Association. Everyone is so happy the money came through and Steph just pushes and pushes for us every time,” Captain Heidtmann said.

“The defibrillator we have organised talks the person who is using it through every step from the start – it’s just great.”