Belmont, Perth,
02
May
2013
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08:30
Australia/Perth

Kalgoorlie SJA volunteers learn road craft

Driving is a vital part of any ambulance service which is why Kalgoorlie St John Ambulance volunteers are taking part in a training day this month.

On Saturday, 27 April St John Ambulance ran a defensive driving training course for Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie ambulance volunteers.

Kalgoorlie station manager Clint Martin said the driver training had never been delivered in regional WA before in this way.

"Another paramedic and I were recently trained at the RAC driving centre in Perth which allows us to train our local volunteers," he said.

"The one day course covers theory topics such as driving techniques and road rules, and the second half of the day is hands-on practice.

"Skills taught include good reversing techniques, road and hazard awareness and emergency braking."

Mr Martin said country ambulance volunteers were vital to St John and training not only provided up-to-date skills but helped build enthusiasm.

"We are grateful to our volunteers who play a critical role in keeping the community safe, often at a cost to themselves by giving up valuable time," he said.

Through negotiation with Kalgoorlie Airport St John has secured the exclusive use of one of the airport taxiways.

There are 60 St John volunteers based in Kalgoorlie, providing an ambulance service that does about 350 ambulance jobs each month.

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