Port donation bolsters first aid training
A second first aid training room will be equipped at the St John Ambulance Karratha sub centre to help cope with high demand for the service.
The sub centre last week received a $10,000 Pilbara Ports Authority grant to resource and equip the additional room as part of the PPA’s community support initiative program.
Karratha sub centre first aid trainer Megan Hinkley said there was no doubt the second room would be beneficial to the community. “At the moment people are having to go on the wait list and wait three to four weeks for a class, so once we’ve got a second trainer trained up, which is in the pipeline, we’ll be able to have more people in the community come in and do first aid training,” she said.
“We use (the room) for our volunteer training as well on a Monday night, so by having those resources we’ll be able to train up more volunteers.”
Mrs Hinkley said the economic downturn had so far had little effect on demand for first aid training.
St John Ambulance paramedic James Byles said the funding would go a long way to maintaining high standards in training.
“Moving into the new facility, of course, is a big drawcard for a lot of people and one of the things we want to do is maintain a stateof-the-art training service here,” he said.
“Being able to fit-out the second room means we’ll be able to offer the equivalent courses in both training rooms and not have to compromise in any area.”
PPA director of human services Damien Miles, St John Ambulance first aid trainer Megan Hinkley, PPA environment and heritage manager Dan Pederson and St John paramedic James Byles.