St John Ambulance recently secured more than $340,000 from BHP Billiton Iron Ore for important works that will benefit the ambulance service and the community.
The funding includes $210,000 for a new emergency support vehicle, radio communications upgrade, training equipment and other upgrades at the Port Hedland Sub Centre.
An additional $130,000 will go to the Newman Sub Branch for an equipment servicing vehicle, six Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), communications equipment and first aid training courses in remote indigenous communities.
St John North West Regional Manager Wil White thanked BHP Billiton Iron Ore for its support.
“We are grateful that BHP Billiton Iron Ore has provided us with this generous donation to upgrade our facilities and equipment,” he said.
“These grants will significantly improve ambulance response capability and patient health outcomes in the Pilbara region.”
Mr White said increased first aid training in remote indigenous communities would have a positive impact in these areas.
“St John will be able to provide these communities with essential skills and equipment to help in a medical emergency,” he said.
The six new AEDs will be installed in public areas in Newman and will be linked with the St John Community First Responder (CFR) system.
In the event of a cardiac arrest, a CFR will be alerted when a triple zero (000) emergency call is made and the closest AED can then be made available to provide potentially life-saving defibrillation.