Belmont, Perth,

St John providing more lifesaving equipment thanks to Lotterywest

Providing more defibrillators in the community

Thanks to the generous $1.3 million donation from Lotterywest there will continue to be more defibrillators rolled out across the State with St John now taking a second round of Heart Grant applications.

St John Community First Responder Manager Sally Simmonds said they are incredibly grateful for this donation which will allow for more than 1,000 defibrillators to be provided to sporting clubs, not for profit organisations and community groups.

“Having these defibrillators accessible to the public 24/7 increases the capacity for bystanders to save a life in the event of a cardiac arrest,” Ms Simmonds said.

“From the first round of applications St John has already provided over 500 defibrillators across the State and are hoping to provide a further 500 more from this second round.

“With a cardiac arrest, every minute that goes by without help can reduce a person’s chance of survival by 10 per cent, therefore the placement of more publicly accessible defibrillators will save more lives.”

“These devices, which deliver a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to a person’s heart when it has stopped pumping, are very easy to use even if you haven’t got any knowledge of first aid training,” she said.

Via the Community First Responder (CFR) program, St John now maintains a register of just over 5000 defibrillators that are linked in with the triple zero (000) call centre so they can be readily deployed when a cardiac arrest has occurred.

Also, by downloading the free St John first responder app, when the user calls triple zero (000), first responders near the location are alerted and can provide vital first aid with the use of a defibrillator in the minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

“This grant will help St John WA achieve our goal to become best practice in the world at out of hospital cardiac arrest survival and build stronger and more resilient communities,” Ms Simmonds concluded.

Applications are available here