OTR and Saint John Ambulance SA partnership continues

Two organisations are encouraging SA holiday goers to be aware of the life saving devices installed at numerous OTR sites across the state this Easter.

OTR and St John Ambulance SA have continued their partnership, with a goal to save lives in communities across regional SA.

The two organisations will be investing $80,000 to install 32 public access defibrillators at regional OTR stores by the end of 2019.

Since May 2018, OTR has installed 17 defibrillators across regional towns including Nurioopta, Ceduna, Naracoorte, Berri, Port Augusta and Kingscote on Kangaroo Island - with a further 15 defibrillators being installed between May and December 2019.

OTR have a large footprint in metro and regional SA with over 140 stores across the state and as a 24-hour business, it has become an ideal partnership for the Saint John Ambulance to have as the organisation continues to provide the public with access to the defibrillators, especially within regional town centres and readily accessible main roads.

OTR CEO Warren Wilmot said this Easter break, OTR are encouraging South Australians who are travelling the state on holiday to be aware of the many defibrillators installed at the numerous OTR sites located within country towns.

"Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time and when it happens time is of the essence," Mr Wilmot said. "For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation chances of survival decrease 10%.

"The partnership is particularly important to us OTR Subway area manager Kristy Smith suffered a cardiac arrest in 2016 and received 16 electric shocks from a defibrillator which saved her life.

"Three years later, she is still working for Subway and doing amazing things in our team.

"We are grateful that the defibrillator was there for Kristy when she needed it and we want to ensure that OTR can provide support to others should the need ever arise."

St John Ambulance SA CEO Michael Cornish states that he strongly believes high visibility public sites that are open 24 hours are ideal places for a defibrillator.

"We are very happy to see OTR helping to look after the well-being of South Australians, particularly in regional communities," Mr Cornish said.

Each year approximately 30,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, with regional areas having less access to ambulance services than metro areas.