ST John Ambulance (SJA) WA launched a program to teach 15,000 WA children under eight years old emergency management skills in Wanneroo last Thursday.
Backed by surgeon Fiona Wood, the SJA Early Childhood Program aims to teach pre-school and kindergarten students how to identify an emergency, assess potential danger and call triple zero if needed.
The free in-school program was launched at the City of Wanneroo Library on January 19, where Dr Wood read 000 Hero – a book introducing children to St John Ambulance and the work of paramedics – to about 40 children and parents.
SJA youth and community engagement manager Jae Smith said the program, scheduled to start next month, would teach children basic emergency first-aid skills and provide a foundation to learn more techniques.
“The program is linked to the WA curriculum and is designed to engage at an age-appropriate level,” Ms Smith said.
“We don’t ever want children to see an ambulance as something to be afraid of, which is why it’s important to introduce them to St John Ambulance at a young age and teach them about the work of paramedics.”