Defibs for West Melton and Darfield

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West Melton and Darfield residents will be helped in times of cardiac arrest thanks to their local Four Square supermarkets.

The two stores in Selwyn are among 61 Four Square outlets in the South Island to receive a St John Automated External Defibrillator or AED.

Four Square South Island has spent over $200,000 to buy the AEDS which St John said will make the lives of shoppers, staff and local residents a little safer.

“It’s great that Four Square will have St John AEDs on site for the welfare of its staff and customers,” St John Business Development manager Seema Bhavan said.

“AEDs are life-saving pieces of equipment, and it is well recognised now that quick CPR combined with swift use of an AED can drastically improve someone’s long-term recovery from cardiac arrest.”

Four Square group manager Steve Alexander said AEDs save lives. “Each year more than 2,000 New Zealanders will suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital,” Mr Alexander said.

“Use of an AED within three to five minutes of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 40%.

“Making the decision to work with St John to keep the hearts of our local communities pumping made perfect sense to us.”