Woodside & St John Ambulance - Community First Responder Program
Woodside is in the 3rd year of a partnership with St John Ambulance.
This partnership aims to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest by providing Woodside host communities (Exmouth, Karratha, Roebourne and Broome) with the tools and training to intervene early in cardiac arrest situations.
This exciting initiative has enabled the placement to date of 32 automated external defibrillators (AED) – First Responder points – into North West communities with an additional 40+ to be placed in 2014. The locations of AEDs are then linked to the St John Ambulance Community First Responder System.
To view a list of AED locations
What is the Community First Responder System?
In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest time is of the essence. For every minute that the victim is not defibrillated they lose a 10% chance of life, so after 10 minutes chances of recovery are virtually nil. The Community First Responder System (CFRS) is designed to help improve the chances of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
In a nutshell, the benefits of the First Responder System include a direct link to St John Ambulance:
- Triple Zero (000) call will be received by St John Ambulance Operations Centre (State Office, Belmont)
- Key words relating to the location of the incident will be supplied to the Operations Centre and linked in the computer system. When a triple zero (000) call is received, if the location detail provided matches the key words, Communications Officers will be alerted to the automated external defibrillator (AED) in the area.
- An Ambulance will be dispatched and the Communications Officers will alert the First Responders in the location, enabling them to attend the scene quickly and provide critical assistance before the ambulance arrives.
In 2014 the AEDs are to be located in places such as tourist attractions, Shire Offices, police stations, shopping centres, schools, caravan parks, restaurants, roadhouses etc.
If you know of a location that may benefit from this partnership please contact
Community First Responder Manager
Tel 08 9334 1428 | Mob 0417 147 485 | Fax 08 9334 1368
Community First Responder Admin Coordinator
Tel 08 9334 1418 | Fax 08 9334 1368