Belmont, Perth,

BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina supports St John in the South West

St John Ambulance has recently secured $105,000 from BHP Billiton Worsely Alumina for important project works that will benefit the ambulance service and the community.

The first grant is for $40,000 to upgrade the training facilities for volunteers and community members at the Collie St John Ambulance depot.

An additional $62,500 has been provided so St John can buy 23 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) and located them at community based clubs and organisations in the South West, where many BHP employees live.

The $62,500 will cover the supply and servicing of AEDs for a three year period and registration with the St John Ambulance First Responder Network.

St John South West Regional Manager Ian Mumford thanked BHP for their support.

“It is incredibly generous on BHP’s part – these two grants will mean we will have a better equipped ambulance service in this part of the world,” he said.

Mr Mumford said adding 23 AEDs into the south west would bolster the chances of survival in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

“The AEDs will be linked in with our First Responder System, meaning any time a triple zero (000) emergency call comes through where this device can be used, that first responder will be activated and the person having the emergency can be defibrillated without delay,” he said.

He said the works at the Collie depot would include improvements to first aid training facilities providing a new covered outdoor area for simulated exercises and provided better public access to the existing training room.