THE Town of Cambridge has partnered with St John Ambulance WA in a two-year memorandum of understanding, which will see more defibrillators throughout the town and discounted first aid classes for residents.
Over the two years, St John Ambulance will match the number of defibrillators purchased by Cambridge, with the first two to be placed at Leederville Town Hall and the Quarry Amphitheatre.
The partnership will also see businesses offered a 10 per cent discount on defibrillators, a reduced cost of first aid training for residents and businesses and other safety initiatives.
Mayor Keri Shannon said the partnership would give community members the opportunity to learn first aid for the first time or brush up on their skills.
“I think it’s a really important step to take as a community and I hope it will give everyone an increased level of confidence that we are ready and better prepared when we are faced with a medical emergency,” she said.
St John Health Services director Phil Holman said the commitment to training, publically-accessible defibrillators and St John Safe accreditation would stand the town in good stead.