Ambos’ defibrillator push

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
St John Ambulance Narrogin officers with a defibrillator.
Camera IconSt John Ambulance Narrogin officers with a defibrillator. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

St John Ambulance Narrogin has called for more defibrillators to be installed around Narrogin’s CBD to help save lives.

The push came as part of St John WA’s new mission to register 5000 Community First Responder locations in WA by Christmas.

The CFR program aims to get defibrillators to cardiac arrest victims in the vital moments before an ambulance arrives to dramatically increase the chance of survival.

St John Narrogin chief officer Jenni Brown said there were about seven defibrillators in Narrogin, including at the YMCA centre, the police station and Coles but she would love to see more.

“It’d be great to get another five or so,” she said.

“Especially if we could get a few put in the main streets like Federal and Fortune streets, so that if anything happens in the CBD area, someone can get hold of them easily.”

The program is also linked with St John’s First Responder smartphone app, which shows the location of all CFR sites and alerts registered first-aiders in the vicinity of an unfolding public emergency.

Each location has its details registered with St John, so when an emergency call is received, the operator is able to direct the caller or bystanders to a nearby defibrillator while an ambulance is en-route.

St John CFR manager Sally Simmonds said the aim was to make defibrillators as commonly thought of as fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.

“To make this happen, we need the community’s help,” she said.

“In the Wheatbelt, we’re fortunate to have a several CFR locations, however we’re encouraging more community groups, sporting clubs and businesses to come on board as we close in on our target of 5000 locations across WA.”

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