Belmont, Perth,
22
July
2013
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04:27
Australia/Perth

St John Ambulance and CBH work to save lives

Southern Cross, Mukinbudin and Bencubbin have received life-saving defibrillators courtesy of CBH Group and the grain growers of Western Australia.

St John Ambulance (SJA) 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 Southern Cross, Mukinbudin and Bencubbin 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 AEDs would be registered under the SJA 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.

SJA 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.

CBH Group Chairman Neil Wandel said funds raised during the last record harvest had provided $12,000 to SJA to buy five defibrillators.

"This donation was part of the Harvest Mass Management Scheme where growers who present at a weighbridge with an overloaded vehicle are given the option of forfeiting the excess grain, rather than having their truck turned away, with the funds raised from those tonnes going to charity," he said.

This year six charities shared in more than $120,000.Those charities were St John Ambulance, Ronald McDonald House, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB), the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), One Life and HeartKids WA.

"It is fitting that this donation be returned back into regional communities and in particular the State’s grain growing areas," he said.

Community First Responder is an SJA 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.

The presentations will be held at:

Tuesday 6 August

Location Southern Cross
Venue Senior Citizens Centre, Archenar St
Time 11.30am
   
Location Mukinbudin
Venue Recreation Centre, Cruickshank Rd
Time 2.30pm

Wednesday 7 August

Location Bencubbin
Venue St John Ambulance Training Centre, Brown St
Time 10.30am

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