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TRAIN passengers will be able to access and use life-saving defibrillators that have been installed at Aubin Grove and Bull Creek stations.
The two local stations are among 18 equipped last week as part of a trial across Perth’s public transport network, with a wider rollout to be considered after three months.
St John clinical services director Paul Bailey said even people without medical training would be able to use the machines in an emergency.
“The best thing about these devices is they can be operated by someone without any training; the machine provides simple instructions to the user,” Dr Bailey said.
The defibrillators are in locked boxes and can be accessed only by calling 000 to receive an access code.
Exact locations of the units appear on the St John First Responder app, which displays nearby defibrillators.
Defibrillators have also been installed in Public Transport Authority transit officers’ mobile patrol vehicles.
Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said the trial would better equip transit officers, members of the public and first responders.
Dr Bailey said for every minute that a person in cardiac arrest is not defibrillated, they lost a 10 per cent chance of survival.
After 10 minutes, the chances of recovery were virtually nil.