By SALLY GORDON
COPMANHURST'S Rest Point Hotel Social Fishing Club members were taking matters of life and death into their own hands on Saturday.
A group of 14 fishing club members took it upon themselves to learn how to use the village's new life-saving defibrillator.
The team of possible future lifesavers underwent a five-hour training session under the guidance of Dieter Meszaros from Clarence Valley First Aid.
Fishing club member Lyn Wratten said everyone finished the training feeling confident.
"Everyone was very happy after the session, it's just so simple to use," Ms Wratten said.
"Because we are an outlying community if someone does have a cardiac arrest we can use it for immediate treatment."
Ms Wratten said the defibrillator, at the Copmanhurst Police Station, was the result of 18 months of community fundraising. A number of local businesses and Copmanhurst people made donations so the fishing club could raise $5000 to purchase, install and maintain the life-saving equipment.