TEN defibrillators have been installed around City of South Perth, including four with 24-hour access at facilities often unattended by staff or next to a sports field.
External 24-hour access defibrillators need to be unlocked by calling 000 to receive a four digit code.
Defibrillators with 24-hour access were installed at Collier Park Golf Course, Manning Library, Ernest Johnson Reserve and Collins Street Centre.
Interior defibrillators were installed at South Perth Library, George Burnett Leisure Centre, Collier Park Village, South Perth Senior Citizens, Manning Senior Citizens, City of South Perth Waste Services and Animal Care Facility and South Perth Civic Centre.
St John Ambulance Australia general manager Aaron Harding said the units would be shown on the St John’s First Responder app which showed nearby defibrillators.
“A guy collapsed on Murray Street and within a few minutes, a defibrillator was located,” he said.
“People shouldn’t be afraid of using them, it won’t shock unless the patient requires it.”
Mayor Sue Doherty said the City was proud to have worked with St John to put the defibrillators in place.
“Time is of the essence during an emergency, and having defibrillators on-hand in locations in the City of South Perth could be the difference between life and death,” she said.
Find first aid and defibrillators training information on https://stjohnwa.com.au/first-aid-training.