Bravehearts ladies learning to save lives

Members of cancer charity Bravehearts on the Murray have been given a lesson on how to use their new defibrillator at the St John Ambulance Albury training centre.

The equipment used to save someone who has a sudden cardiac arrest is now available at many public spots on the Border, including the Albury Commercial Club, Howlong Golf Club and Lavington Panthers Football and Netball Club.

St John Ambulance centre co-ordinator Helen Chant said they were safe, reliable and simple to use.

“The defibrillator is a vital life-saving piece of equipment,” she said.

“(It) is the only real chance people have of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest; the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest are reduced by 10 per cent for every minute that defibrilliation is delayed.”

Bravehearts on the Murray secretary Diane Laundess said the defibrillator would be kept at the group’s club.

Ms Chant said St John Ambulance encouraged all community organisations, groups and business to do the same.

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