An­swer emer­gency call

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

ST John WA is em­bark­ing on a mis­sion to reg­is­ter 5000 Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­der (CFR) lo­ca­tions in WA by Christ­mas and they need your help to do it.

The CFR pro­gram aims to get de­fib­ril­la­tors to car­diac ar­rest vic­tims be­fore an am­bu­lance ar­rives, which in­creases their chance of sur­vival.

There are cur­rently 140 reg­is­tered CFR lo­ca­tions in the City of Can­ning.

Each lo­ca­tion has its de­tails reg­is­tered with St John.

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.

“More than 33,000 Aus­tralians die from (car­diac ar­rest) each year and the sin­gle biggest fac­tor in im­prov­ing sur­vival rates is the time taken to ad­min­is­ter early CPR and de­fib­ril­la­tion,” she said.

Call 9334 1428 or email first.re­spon­der@stjohnam­bu­lance.com.au.

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