Lifesaving equipment valued at $40,000 has been donated to St John.
Taranaki's oil and gas companies have partnered up to donate a defibrillator that will be based at the New Plymouth station and be available to all Taranaki ambulances.
As a charity organisation, St John relies heavily on donations and is widely supported by a number of Taranaki businesses.
Australian oil and gas exploration company, AWE, and its joint venture partners on the offshore Tui Field - NZ Oil and Gas, Pan Pacific Petroleum and Mitsui E&P Australia - have all contributed toward the machine as an expression of their commitment to the region.
AWE general manager Dennis Washer said the partnership with St John underlines the focus on health and safety in the community.
St John North Taranaki Area Committee chairman Doug Ashby said a person in cardiac arrest needs to have CPR administered.
"The use of a defibrillator with CPR greatly increases chances of survival.
"Defibrillators automatically deliver a controlled electric shock to the heart which allows it to resume beating," he said.
"They can increase the chance of a person's survival by up to 40 per cent."
More than 1000 people go into cardiac arrest out of hospital in New Zealand every year.
Only about 8 per cent survive.
Of the 8 per cent who do survive, most make a full recovery.
CPR doubles the chance a person will survive.
About 80 per cent of cardiac arrests happen in the home.
60 per cent of cardiac arrest patients are male and 40 per cent are female.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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