First aid skills save life

EARLIER this week two good samaritans stopped to help when a four wheel drive overturned on the Bruce Highway.

According to one ambulance officer at the scene, the actions of those people saved the life of an injured woman.

But how many locals would know what to do if they came across an accident?

More than 1200 locals have gained some form of senior first aid certification during the past 12 months, through either the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), Red Cross or St John Ambulance. Queensland Ambulance Service acting area manager Daryl Holley said the number of locals qualified in first aid was positive but it could always be higher.

QAS alone provided about 1000 first aid certificates in the past 12 months.

Mr Holley said Gladstone was fortunate because its high level of industry meant many locals gained first aid training.

The Red Cross also conducts irst aid training in the local area, however it relies on contractors performing the work because it doesn't have a dedicated local service.

Red Cross first aid manager Wayne Dawson said the large number of locals trained in first aid was a plus for the region.

However local St John Ambulance trainer Paul Howkins did not agree, saying first aid in the local region should be a larger priority.

"I think it should be encouraged through schools as part of the curriculum.



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