Belmont, Perth,
17
September
2013
|
03:39
Australia/Perth

CBH and St John Ambulance work to save lives

Geraldton has received a life-saving defibrillator courtesy of CBH Group and the grain growers of Western Australia.

St John Ambulance WA First Responder Program Manager Sally Simmonds said the Heartstart Automated External Defibrillator (AED) gives victims of sudden cardiac arrest a much better chance of survival.    

“This donation empowers people living in Geraldton as in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, they can use the defibrillator to potentially save someone’s life,” she said. 

“The device is very easy to use even if you haven’t got any knowledge of First Aid training and we are delighted that CBH has helped us to make this important purchase.” 

A defibrillator is a device which delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to a person’s heart when it has stopped pumping.

Ms Simmonds said the AED would be registered under the St John Community First Responder Program, this means local people on the ground can help save the lives of victims of sudden cardiac arrest in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives. 

St John will carry out free, public demonstrations in how to use AED as well as provide information about symptoms and signs of a sudden cardiac arrest at Dome Café, 31 The Foreshore, Geraldton, on Tuesday 17 September, from 2:30 pm.

CBH Chairman Neil Wandel said: "CBH is proud to be able to support deserving charities through the Harvest Mass Management Scheme, where grain from overloaded trucks is sold and the proceeds are given to charities that provide services to regional WA.” 

“The fact that we can turn a potential safety hazard, like overloading, into a win for rural communities is a great outcome,” he said.

“It is fitting that this donation be returned back into regional communities and in particular the State’s grain growing areas.” 

CBH Business Relationship Manager, Leith Teakle will make the defibrillator presentation on behalf of CBH. 

Community First Responder is a St John program that provides training to community members in basic life support techniques to provide help before an ambulance arrives.

The First Responder system is operating in more than 460 locations across Western Australia.