Donation a life saver

Community First Responder System manager Sally Simmonds and Rosina de la Mare, of Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club. Picture: Emma Reeves d410390
Community First Responder System manager Sally Simmonds and Rosina de la Mare, of Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club. Picture: Emma Reeves d410390

The local club was one of the 100 community and not-for-profit organisations recently granted a defibrillator, through the HeartStart WA Giveaway, which aimed to increase the number of life-saving devices in the community.

Manager of St John Ambulance’s first responder system, Sally Simmonds, said if a person goes into cardiac arrest, having a defibrillator near-by can mean the difference between surviving or not.

‘The more of these machines we can get into areas of concentrated population or in places where people gather, such as sports clubs, the greater the chance a bystander can access a defibrillator quickly and defibrillate a victim of cardiac arrest,’ Ms Simmonds said.

The Community First Responder program creates a direct link between St John Ambulance WA and individuals to provide immediate assistance to cardiac arrest victims in the critical period before an ambulance arrives.

Office manager at ORSSC, Rosina de la Mare, said the club was privileged to be a recipient of a HeartStart Defibrillator.

‘We are a very active club, both on and off the water, to have an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) onsite is beneficial to not only our members, but also to all those community groups who use our premises,’ Mrs de la Mare said.

‘Sudden cardiac arrest can affect anyone, at any age, and a key factor to improving survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest is the time taken to administer early CPR and defibrillation.’

A partnership between St John Ambulance WA and Lotterywest helped to provide the defibrillators, which are valued at $2400 each.

The following community organisations were also successful recipients: Goollelal Greenwood Scout Group, Joondalup and Districts Rugby League Club, Kingsway Junior Football Club, Kira Incorporated, Sorrento Bowling Club, St Ives Northshore Residents Association, and Valued Independent People.