Z Energy, along with St John, have partnered to put defibrillators in all of its 212 sites across the country, with the aim of making more defibrillators available after hours.
Pukekohe and Waiuku stations are among those sites who also received their defibrillators earlier this month.
Z Spokesperson, Georgina Ball says due to opening hours at sites like Z, people can have access to life-saving devices that otherwise might not have been there.
“In towns like Waiuku in Franklin and North Waikato the local Z site is one of the only places open 24/7, seven days a week, so having a defibrillator on site will give more people access to a defibrillator anytime they need it. Having a defibrillator in Waiuku that’s available 24/7 and close to the west coast is a really valuable tool for the local community.
“These things really make a difference and that’s why Z wanted to make the most of our network in communities around the country and roll out defibrillators to all our sites. We thought it was a way we could take a step to make our communities safer and really make a difference,” she says.
AEDs shock the heart back into rhythm and are essential in the chain of survival for somebody suffering cardiac arrest. St John Medical Director, Dr Tony Smith, says for every minute without CPR or defibrillation, a patient’s chance of survival falls by 10-15%.
“New Zealand’s low rate of public access to defibrillators remains an issue so AEDs at Z stations in NZ communities is an excellent step forward,” he says.
Z believes there is an opportunity for businesses and other organisations to play a part in making communities safer by providing more defibrillators and would like everyone to get behind this move for more ‘defibs’ and is calling on other business and groups to follow suit and make more defibrillators available for public use.
Z Community manager, Christine Langdon, says defibrillators could save the life of someone in cardiac arrest and there was a big need for communities to have easy access to one, whenever they need it.
“Our communities are important to us, our people live and work there, our customers live and work there and we wanted to do something that would make a real difference.
“Now people will know exactly where to go in an emergency to get access to a defibrillator, no matter what time of the day or night it is,” Christine said.
Sundeep Kaur and Tajinder Kumar from Z Station Pukekohe hold the site’s new defibrillator available for public use.