LOCALS who own a defibrillator are being urged to register them with Ambulance Victoria after research showed the whereabouts of 15,000 Victorian defibrillators are unknown.
The chance of survival increases by 62 per cent if a person in cardiac arrest is defibrillated by a bystander before an ambulance arrives.
With new smart phone technology introduced by Ambulance Victoria allowing them to pass the whereabouts of the closest defibrillator to first responders, registering your defibrillator could save a life.
The community house has also put out a call for anyone who owns a defibrillator to come forward and make it known. The community house in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo is attempting to make a list of all the devices in the 3523 postcode
To register online, head to ambulance.vic.gov.au/register