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Automated External Defibrillators on Port

Napier Port has a number Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) located in easily accessible locations across the port for staff, mariners, port users and the public in the event of an emergency.

AEDs are portable electronic devices that automatically assess the condition of a person’s heart in the event of an apparent Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and administer an electric shock if needed.

As part of Napier Port’s first aid policy, the Health & Safety team have been building up the number of portable AEDs available in order to help ensure the safety of everyone who comes on port.

Given the number of people who are on port at any given time, it’s important that port users know about these important devices and where they are located.


AED Locations on Port

Staff, tenants and port users are encouraged to locate their nearest defibrillator within the buildings that they use.

On port defibrillators are located in the following locations:Operations PCB Ground Floor – mounted next to the entrance of operations
Thames Street I Depot – wall mounted inside the office
Thames Street II Depot – wall mounted inside the Portacom
Security Vehicle (MT51) – inside rear of van
Safety Vehicle (MT61) – inside rear of ute
Emergency Response vehicle (MT01) – inside rear of van

Signage is currently being improved to help people find the nearest AED in an emergency.


What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?

  • An AED assesses the rhythm of the heart and, if appropriate, provides audio/visual commands to the rescuer to activate the device.
  • AEDs are used in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest where the heart has a disorganised, or fibrillating, cardiac rhythm.
  • An AED provides a ‘shock’ to a heart in cardiac arrest to help the heart muscles regain a normal rhythm – this is known as defibrillation.

It is important to note that CPR alone cannot reverse a fatal heart rhythm back to a normal heart rhythm – only an AED can do this. The sooner defibrillation is attempted, the more likely it will be successful. For every minute a defibrillator is not used, the person’s chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent.


Using an AED

AEDs are simple and safe to use, and are designed to deliver a shock only if it determines a heart needs it.

The LIFEPAK CR® Plus AED is semi-automatic, with a simple two-step process that gives the first person to respond to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest victim the confidence they need to help save a life.

A responder only needs to:

  • Turn on the device
  • Follow the audible and visual prompts given by the device
  • Apply the QUIK-PAK™ electrode pads to the victim

CPR Information 

For more information about CPR and Basic Life Support please visit xxx or click on the information flyer here.

The rule of thumb for CPR is ’30-to-2, no matter who’. Rescuers should attempt two breaths after each cycle of 30 compressions. For each compression, the chest should be compressed by at least one-third the diameter of the person receiving CPR.


Contact Us

If you would like additional information about the AEDs at Napier Port or have any queries, please contact our Safety & Emergency Management Advisor Simon Osborne: simono@napierport.co.nz or +64 272 066 705.

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