Unveiling of defibrillators on board light rail

As of today, Monday 17th February 2020, Canberra’s light rail fleet now have defibrillators on board – ready to help save lives if needed! The launch of the defibrillators was held at the Gungahlin light rail terminus, Gungahlin Place, from 10am. 

The portable defibrillators are now placed securely in the driver cabins of the light rail fleet, and passengers can press any of the eight Emergency Help Points on the light rail vehicles to gain access to a defibrillator. All drivers and customer service officers have first aid training and can therefore operate the defibrillators.

When a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of collapse from cardiac arrest, a person’s chance of survival is dramatically increased – by as much as 50-75%. The ability to use a defibrillator immediately, allows the best chance of survival until the arrival of an ambulance.

The funding for this initiative was generously provided by The Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin. Canberra Metro Operations General Manager, Mr Tilo Franz said “We are proud to partner with the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin who has funded this wonderful initiative.”

Our staff at St John Ambulance ACT will be maintaining each of the defibrillator units to ensure they are always in peak working order and are ready to be activated in an emergency.

Our trained staff will also be providing demonstrations on how to use a defibrillator, at the following locations and times:

Gungahlin Village, near Coles Supermarket
Monday, 17 February 2020, from 10am until 2pm
Gungahlin Marketplace, near Lowes Menswear
Friday 21 February 2020, from 3.30pm until 7.30pm

Spokespersons present at the launch were:

Mr Tilo Franz
General Manager, Canberra Metro Operations
Mr Laurie Abrams
Project Manager Defibrillator Project, Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin
Bianca Russell
Chief Executive Officer, St John Ambulance ACT

Unveiling of defibrillators on board light rail
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