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OTR | Defibrillators now available in 14 stores across South Australia.

Mar 4, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

OTR AND ST JOHN AMBULANCE HAVE JOINED FORCES TO SAVE LIVES.

They keep us refuelled, refreshed and restocked and now the great team at OTR can keep you alive – in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

In a bid to save lives, OTR has joined forces with St John Ambulance SA to install publicly accessible defibrillators in all its regional stores.

With defibrillators already installed in 14 locations across SA, OTR and St John’s truly have the state’s health at the heart of what they do.

Locations include OTR stores from Tailem Bend across to Port Augusta & Whyalla. From the Riverland to Kangaroo Island and across to the South East at Naracoorte, Kingston SE and Mt Gambier.  Plus there are 18 more to be installed this year at OTR stores taking the total number to 32 defibrillators.

Each year approximately 30,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, but there’s a ninety per cent chance of surviving if a person is defibrillated within the first minute.

For every minute that passes, the chance of survival reduces by ten per cent.

That’s why having defibrillators in high visibility public sites like OTR, which is open 24 hours, will go a long way to saving the lives of more South Aussies.

This is great to know that help is close at hand through OTR.

Plus, if you live in a regional town and call triple zero in an emergency, all OTR defibrillator locations are registered, so you’ll be directed to the closest one to save time and possibly save a life.

Remember that OTR also creates donations to community groups like St John through their App-based program, OTRGive.  This allows customers to choose a charity to receive a donation on your behalf every time you shop or refuel at OTR – all at no cost to you!

So you can help support the life-saving work that St John’s are doing every day through OTRGive.

Join in on the OTR App for more info and drop into your local OTR to support the South Aussies looking out for you.

I know I’ll keep an eye out for them when I’m driving around and it’s a good reminder to also check out your local St John Ambulance branch to refresh your first aid and emergency training skills too.

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