North East residents are being urged to sign up as a heart starter.
Ambulance Victoria is calling on 5000 more GoodSAM responders to register to the app which could help save the life of your neighbour, friend or family member.
For Wodonga man Josh Jarrott signing up to the GoodSAM app two years ago was about a want to help others.
"I have had a couple of alerts in that time but most of them have been fairly minor or resolved before I got there which is always the best outcome," he said.
"The app helps to improve ambulance response times, it means someone is able to get that hands on CPR quicker.
"As we know quicker hands on CPR improves patient outcomes so the early access is definitely someone we can do for the community.
"This is especially important for rural areas like north east Victoria it is entirely impossible that it might be your neighbour that gets the alert to come over and provide you with that assistance."
Ambulance Victoria area manager Amelia Kohn said GoodSAM responders receive an alert on their smartphone when someone close by suffers a cardiac arrest.
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"Responders are given the location of the person in need of help, along with the nearest available Automated External Defibrillator, so they can start CPR immediately while an ambulance is on its way," she said.
"You don't need be paramedic to make a difference and you can choose when you want to accept an alert, so there is no pressure to always respond."
Ms Kohn said people no longer have to do mouth-mouth resuscitation or know CPR to be a heart starter.
"CPR has come a long way and it's easier to do now than ever before," she said.
"All you have to do is be willing and able to help a neighbour in need with hands-only CPR."
Mr Jarrott said locals should think about the people around them and consider signing up as a responder.
"We need regional people to be adopting this because it may be your neighbour, it may be your family member or friend who requires that assistance and the more people we have on GoodSAM the more responders we have, the more likely you are to have that help before an ambulance arrives," he said.
The GoodSAM app is available on Google Play and via the App Store.
The app is available in Victoria and is integrated with triple zero (000) to quickly connect patients with help in the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest.
Once a GoodSAM responder receives an alert and they accept, they will be directed to the location of the patient to start hands-only CPR before an ambulance arrives.