Belmont, Perth,

Local groups awarded HeartStart Defibrillators

Almost 100 community and not for profit groups have been granted HeartStart Defibrillators through a partnership between St John Ambulance WA and Lotterywest.

St John Ambulance Community First Responder Manager Sally Simmonds said the HeartStart WA Giveaway had attracted strong interest across Western Australian with more than 600 applications received.

Ms Simmonds said St John Ambulance is thrilled that 100 new defibrillators, spread across Western Australian, will be linked to the Community First Responder System.

“We sincerely thank Lotterywest for coming on board with this promotion as it will have a huge impact on the lives of many Western Australians,” she said.

“In the event of a cardiac arrest, having a defibrillator on hand could be the difference between life and death.”

Ms Simmonds said there were now more than 500 Community First Responder locations across Western Australia.

The Community First Responder program creates a direct link between St John Ambulance WA, the triple zero (000) call centre, local communities and organisations.

This direct link enables individuals to provide immediate assistance to cardiac arrest victims in that time critical period before an ambulance arrives – when it matters most.

“The spread of defibrillators is encouraging, St John have been running this program for 12 years,” she said.

“The more of these machines we can get into areas of concentrated population or in places where people gather such as sports clubs, the greater the chance a bystander can access a defibrillator quickly and defibrillate a victim of a cardiac arrest, increasing the chance of survival.”

List of recipients (PDF, 69Kb)

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