Get free training and help save lives in your community.

You can sign up for free one-hour training sessions that will give you lifesaving skills and the confidence to offer help if someone has a cardiac arrest in your community.

You'll learn how to take action by calling 111, how to start CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Training sessions are for groups of 10 or more and taught by our Volunteer Community Educators. 

Hato Hone St John paramedic with members of marae and an AED

Our 3 Steps for Life sessions are for high schools, tertiary education institutions, and community groups such as sports clubs, faith based groups, retirement villages, marae, special events, etc. 

Every year, over 2,000 people in communities across Aotearoa have a cardiac arrest, and only 1 person in 10 survives. The chance of someone surviving is much higher when they receive immediate help. 

The 3 Steps for Life 

Calling 111 

When you call 111 our expert call handlers work with you to send the right help for your emergency.


Starting CPR 

Doing CPR can keep someone alive until an ambulance arrives with medical help. 


Using an AED 
An AED can bring the heart back to a natural beating rhythm; using one increases a person’s chance of survival by up to 49 per cent. 


3 Steps for Life in your community 

If you’d like us to train your local community group or high school, send us an email with: 

  • Your name, contact number and address

  • The name of your community group or high school 

  • How many people you’d like to attend. 

Alternatively, you can call us on 0800 STJOHN (0800 785 646). 

Image of participants from a 3 steps for life session


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