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The City of Canterbury Bankstown is the first Council in Australia to introduce free First Aid courses for the community.
The program, which kicked off last week and is being run in partnership with St John Ambulance, aims to reduce the number of drownings and near drowning incidents in the City.
According to Royal Life Saving Society Australia, 280 people died in Australian waters last year, two from Canterbury-Bankstown.
Administrator, Richard Colley, said, basic first aid was a vital skill everyone should know.
“First aid training provides practical, hands-on experience that prepares you for a real-life emergency,” Mr Colley said.
“In most first aid emergencies, the first few minutes are vital. It can mean the difference between life and death.”
Initially, the new course is available to the 8,000 local households which have registered their backyard swimming pool and is being led by qualified instructors from St John Ambulance, which has been teaching first aid techniques for more than 130 years.
Assistant Commissioner and trainer at St John Ambulance NSW, Joshua Clark, thanked Council for the opportunity to partner it in this initiative.
“Doing a first aid course is something people will often put off but we encourage local residents who have registered their pool to make the time to learn the life-saving skills,” Mr Clark said.
“A first aid emergency can happen to absolutely anyone, at any time, and you want to be prepared.”
The course is being held monthly and includes instruction on the St John Ambulance seven-step action plan known as DRSABCD (stands for Danger, Response, Send, Airway, Breathing, CPR and Defibrillation).
This free first aid course follows on from other successful education campaigns introduced by Council, including the award-winning Safe Food Handling workshops for local food operators, and Hygiene and Infection Avoidance workshops for beauty industry operators.
Council may expand the first aid course to the wider local community in the future, depending on the response from registered pool owners.
For more information, call Council’s Customer Service on 9707 9000 or go to cb.city/swimmingpools
15/08/2017 9:34 AM