SLSNSW Helps Shine Spotlight on CPR

Surf Life Saving NSW along with some of the state’s other first aid and emergency response agencies have joined forces with Take Heart Australia to emphasise the importance of CPR training.

SLSNSW’s registered training arm, the Australian Lifesaving Academy (ALA), was on location at Sydney’s Luna Park on Wednesday as part of the unique event highlighting the benefits of learning CPR.

The ALA and other agencies such as St John Ambulance, Royal Lifesaving, NSW Police and the Australian Navy had qualified trainers and staff on site providing free CPR, Automated External Defibrillator and first response training to the public and visiting school groups.

There was also giveaways, interactive educational displays and the first ever CPR challenge testing the skills of people who have learnt CPR techniques during the day.

SLSNSW Commercial Operations Manager, Dan Gaffney, praised Take Heart Australia for putting together the inaugural day and hopes that the event can fuel the conversation around the importance of learning CPR.

“On average, if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital in NSW you only have a 10% chance of survival. With more people learning about CPR and how to use a defibrillator we can make a real difference in turning around these statistics.

“By putting on this day, Take Heart Australia, has really helped shine the spotlight on just how simple it is to learn CPR.

“The Australian Lifesaving Academy NSW has put 250,000 people through CPR and First Aid training courses since its inception and by partnering with Take Heart Australia we can continue to train thousands more and put a real dent in preventable heart-related deaths in NSW,” said Mr Gaffney.

To enrol in a CPR or first aid course in your local area call the Australian Lifesaving Academy on 1300 766 257 or visit the Surf Life Saving NSW website.

Wed 28 May 2014