On Thursday 17 May, some of our Year 11 and 12 students were involved in an incursion run by St Johns Ambulance called “Defib in your Street.”

This is a pilot program and WRSC was the first school to have the “Defib in your Street” training run onsite. This gave 30 of our students the opportunity to be trained in CPR and use of a defibrillator. These students can now add this certificate to their resumes.

Due to the success of this day, St John’s Ambulance have offered to come back to WRSC and train more students in these life saving techniques.

All members of our community are also invited to participate in this program with evening training sessions being run locally. Further information about this free training is located below.

About the program:

Defib in Your Street is a major new community project from St John Ambulance Victoria. It aims to make the suburb of Reservoir the safest place in Australia to have a sudden cardiac arrest.   

More than 6500 sudden cardiac arrests occur in Victoria per year. 80% of these arrests happen in the home. Only 1% of people that have sudden cardiac arrests receive bystander defibrillation, and only 5.7% of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive. But CPR within the first 6 minutes of sudden cardiac arrest, coupled with use of a defibrillator, increases survival rates to over 60%. 

 Community training: 

If you live in Reservoir or have strong connection to the area, you can sign up now for a free CPR and defibrillation course that results in an accredited qualification. These courses are run face-to-face at Keon Park Children’s Hub in Reservoir on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 6-8pm.

There are many other ways you can be involved in Defib In Your Street, including hosting a defibrillator on your property. Find out more at www.defibinyourstreet.com.au, or call Sam Boivin on 0484 926 027.