East Fremantle expands their Community First Responder resources

East Fremantle is now sporting three new external defibrillators.  This is thanks to a collaboration between the Town of East Fremantle, St John Ambulance WA and four local organisations – East Fremantle Bowling Club, East Fremantle Croquet Club, East Fremantle Yacht Club and Hurricane Dragon Boat Canoe & Outrigger Club.

The Community First Responder program is a free service that aims to get defibrillators to cardiac arrest victims in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives.  Organisations that are part of the program have their defibrillator location registered with St John Ambulance.  This helps a defibrillator to be accessed as soon as possible and applied to the patient in the time critical period before an ambulance arrives.

The three easily accessible defibrillators have been installed at

  • East Fremantle Bowling Club;
  • East Fremantle Yacht Club; and
  • the Leeuwin Scout Hall (near Norm McKenzie Reserve).

Everyone should consider downloading the St John Ambulance First Responder app.  It is a fantastic resource which enables community and personal resilience. It is free from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.   

The St John WA First Responder app has a range of resources:

  • First Aid Instruction Guide – helping you to treat a range of injuries and illnesses;
  • GPS Triple Zero Calling – calling 000 from the app will send your GPS coordinates direct to the St John State Operation Centre, making it easier for an ambulance to locate you;
  • Defibrillator Locator – showing all the defibrillator locations near you;
  • Medical Servicer Locator – highlighting the nearest medical centres and emergency departments;

Another feature is its unique first responder capability.  The app allows qualified first aiders to sign up as a first responder and be notified when someone has called 000 for an ambulance within 500 metres of their current location in order that they can provide assistance.