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First aid training about to recommence

Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017

St John Ambulance trainer Jason Hunt is about to start teaching first aid classes in the city. It has been more than a year since such classes were taught and they will start at the end of month. PICTURE: Kara de Groot St John Ambulance trainer Jason Hunt is about to start teaching first aid classes in the city. It has been more than a year since such classes were taught and they will start at the end of month. PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

St John Ambulance NSW is offering first aid courses in the city for the first time since the training was taken out of local hands.

To mark the return, after more than a year, St John is offering 50 per cent off courses booked within the next month.

The first course to be offered covers everything from CPR to dealing with burns and will be run by St John Ambulance trainer Jason Hunt over one day.

Mr Hunt said that even if a workplace doesn’t require first aid skills it’s always good to have an understanding of what to do in an emergency.

“I’m a paramedic and often when we go to accidents we think ‘if only someone knew what to do before we got here’. Our average response time is eight to 10 minutes and if someone there can provide that initial first aid it can be the difference between life and death,” he said.

“For every minute someone isn’t doing CPR on a person whose heart has stopped beating, their chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent. 

“With our response time of eight to 10 minutes, if someone’s no doing that CPR before we get there, then the person’s chances of survival are quite low.”

There is an online segment to the course which is completed before the training day, which focuses on the theory of first aid.

The day itself runs for about eight hours, starting at 8.30am, with plenty of breaks.

It provides a practical component to learning, with CPR practice on adult, child and infant dummies and volunteers from the class, as well as what to do in scenarios such as asthma attacks and anaphylaxis or in the event of severe bleeding and fractured bones.

“We like to keep classes under 21 students so we can better help everyone and make sure everyone’s confident in what they’re doing,” Mr Hunt said.

“Once results are recorded participants will get a Provide First Aid certificate emailed to them, and that remains current for three years.

“St John does suggest though that people recertify with the CPR skills every 12 months.”

As well as completing a course, Mr Hunt recommended that homes and workplaces have a first aid kit handy, and know how to use it.

“Emergencies are unplanned and you never know who you might need to apply first aids skills to.”

To book a course call St John Ambulance NSW on 1300 ST JOHN (78 5646) and quote promo code POOL SAFE. Courses begin on March 31.

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