FOR four years, three volunteers have given up their time to give the people of Mandurah basic life saving first aid sessions.
On Wednesday, 12 October, to celebrate the 1000th person to attend their session, they awarded one student with a new first aid kit.
Patrick Barnett was pleased to be awarded the kit by St John Event Health Services volunteers Tony Holding, and Maxine and Ron Bell.
Mr Barnett said he already had his Senior First Aid Certificate, but due to recent changes attended as a refresher.
He said the session gave him the confidence that he could help if he were in a situation where someone needed first aid.
The sessions are held at the St John First Aid Training Centre Mandurah.
These training sessions are free but non-accredited.
Mr Holding said the sessions give people information to help them treat stroke, heart attack and unconscious patients using CPR and defibrillation.
“We also outline when and how to call for an ambulance,” he said.
In addition to running sessions at the St John centre, St John has also visited groups such as local men’s sheds, cycle clubs and retirement villages.
Although demonstration sessions are informative, St John recommends that people do a St John paid accredited courses to upgrade and practice their skills.
For more information about these sessions call Tony on 0422 521 985.
For more general info about first aid training go to www.stjohnambulance.com.au.