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Safety first expo

Safety first expo Live emergency demonstrations will be a feature of this year’s annual City of Canterbury Bankstown Community Safety Expo at Bankstown Central shopping centre on Saturday 7 October (9am-5pm). No  

Live emergency demonstrations will be a feature of this year’s annual City of Canterbury Bankstown Community Safety Expo at Bankstown Central shopping centre on Saturday 7 October (9am-5pm).

Mayor Khal Asfour said the expo, now in its 18th year, is an opportunity for residents to see exactly what our local emergency services are faced with on a daily basis and learn valuable safety tips.

"The information and advice at the Expo could help save lives and prevent needless tragedies in our community," Mayor Asfour said.

"There will also be prizes and giveaways, and children will have the opportunity to sit in an emergency vehicle."

Demonstrations will include: 

  • Extinguishing a kitchen fire - Fire & Rescue NSW;
  • Carrying out CPR - NSW Ambulance; and
  • Motor vehicle accident rescue - all emergency services.

One of the emergency services personnel involved in the motor vehicle accident rescue demonstration is paramedic Kobie Shaw. Ms Shaw recently returned to work after a lengthy recovery from a bike accident.

"It was a horrible accident, all because I wasn’t wearing my helmet," Ms Shaw said.

"I came over the handlebars and hit my head, resulting in a large internal bleed at the back of my brain and a small one at the front; a fractured femoral condyle; and three broken ribs.

"I was airlifted to Westmead Hospital where I underwent a full craniotomy and was in a coma for a long while."

The 28-year-old is now dedicated to educating the community on the importance of wearing helmets and is looking forward to sharing this message at the Expo, particularly with parents and children.

"My recovery was huge, I had to learn how to walk, talk and be myself again. I knew I had to do something to stop this from happening to others.

"My safety message is a simple one – no helmet, no bike!"

Other services will also have a presence at the Expo, including:

  • NSW Police;
  • State Emergency Service;
  • Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service;
  • St John Ambulance; and
  • Temora Ambulance Museum.

For more information, contact Council’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Officer on 9707 9471.

 4/10/2017 2:37 PM