First Aid Training Saves A Life

Three staff members at Merimbula RSL Club have reinforced the importance of regular First Aid training after successfully resuscitating a female patron just five days after completing a refresher Apply First Aid course with Pambula SLSC.

Garry Innes, Johanna Innes and Jasmine Moore put their recent training to good use when a patron of the club suddenly collapsed needing immediate medical attention. The three were able to successfully resuscitate the patron keeping her stable enough for the paramedics to take her to hospital.

Garry Innes, a supervisor at the club, said he hopes this event will encourage people to see the importance of having regular First Aid training.

“What happened that Sunday proves how vital it is to be trained in First Aid because you never know when you will need to use the skills developed during the course,” he said

“When something like this happens, your first instinct is to help the person. I am just glad the refresher course we did was still fresh in my mind.”

Michael Mutsch, General Manager of Merimbula RSL said he was very proud of his staff and is still getting positive feedback from people who were present when the patron collapsed.

“Their quick thinking saved someone’s life and I couldn’t be prouder,” he said.

“Patrons of the club who were present during the incident keep coming up to me and praising the staff for the confident and professional way they managed the patient.

“Credit also needs to go to Michele and Peter Bootes from Pambula SLSC for doing a great job teaching the staff how to effectively handle that situation.

“I want to encourage anyone who wants to learn First Aid or who simply needs a refresher course to contact their local surf club or Surf Life Saving NSW,” he said.

The patron has since made a speedy recovery and is fine spirits.

To see what First Aid courses are being offered in your area please visit the Surf Life Saving NSW website.

Fri 4 Oct 2013