David Southwick congratulates St John Ambulance on schools’ milestone

David Southwick MP and the Napthine Government today joined with St John Ambulance to celebrate an important milestone with 100,000 Victorian students now trained in first aid.

Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells, Parliamentary Secretary David Southwick joined with St John Ambulance to mark the milestone at an event at Richmond West Primary school and said the St John First Aid in Schools program has helped build community resilience.

“This is a valuable program that means there are now many more families with at least one person trained in first aid,” Mr Southwick said.

“First aid training is an important life skill. It can make a huge difference to the survival and recovery of those who are injured or suddenly fall ill.

“I congratulate St John Ambulance for driving this program and educating children with these valuable skills which will help to save lives.

“The program has been running for 18 months and has been rolled out to more than 480 Victorian schools, which is a significant achievement.”
“As more schools join the program, St John aims to provide first aid training to 200,000 school children a year by 2017.

“Teaching students first aid increases their resilience and reflects the need to build greater community resilience, which is a key aim of the government’s recent major reforms to emergency management in Victoria.

“Education is key to building resilience, so programs such as St John First Aid in Schools are extremely valuable.”

“A more resilient community can prepare, respond and recover from emergencies more easily and quickly.

Mr Southwick said St John Ambulance was an vital contributor to Victoria’s emergency management response.

“During an emergency such as a flood or fire, St John can be relied on to provide first aid quickly and professionally,” Mr Southwick said.

“St John also provides first aid to community members at relief centres during major emergencies such as the Morwell mine fire in February and March and many other similar incidents.

“They provide important support to Ambulance Victoria at emergencies and major events.”

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