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St John Ambulance and Woodside work to save lives

Three Pilbara towns will soon receive seven life-saving defibrillators courtesy of oil and gas producer Woodside which is partnering St John Ambulance WA’s Community First Responder Program.

Community First Responder Program Manager Sally Simmonds said the Heartstart Automated External Defibrillators (AED) would give victims of sudden cardiac arrest a much better chance of survival.

“This donation will empower people living in Karratha, Dampier and Roebourne to potentially save someone’s life by using the defibrillator in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest,” she said.

“The device is very easy to use even if you haven’t got any knowledge of First Aid and we are delighted that Woodside has made 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.

St John will hand over the devices and provide a free public demonstration in how to use the AED on Wednesday 11th. September at the St John Ambulance Sub Centre, Welcome Road , Karratha at 10:30am. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The AEDs for Karratha will be placed at: Karratha High School, St Lukes College, Community House and the Life and Soul Health Club. In Roebourne the AEDs will be placed at the Harding River Caravan Park and the Roebourne General Store. The Mermaid Hotel in Dampier will also receive an AED.

Woodside General Manager Communities Bev East  said safety was a key priority for Woodside and supporting community safety was a natural extension.

“Woodside is delighted to be able to assist in making these defibrillators available to the community,” Ms East said.

When a triple zero call is received by St John indicating that a patient is suffering a cardiac arrest, computer software in the St John State Operations Centre will trigger an alert to show that a Community First Responder is nearby.

The First Responder will then be contacted and asked to assist at the scene.

There is no cost to a community or organisation to be a part of the program, which already has ties with organisations such as Perth Airport, Perth Zoo, Kings Park and University of WA.

There are currently more than 480 AED units around WA linked into the Community First Responder Program and SJAWA aims to increase this to 600 by 2015.

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