Port do­na­tion bol­sters first aid train­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.”

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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