Belmont, Perth,

More St John crews on duty for Australia Day

St John Ambulance Western Australia is making final preparations for its biggest Australia Day deployment of ambulance and first aid crews.

More than 160 paramedics, ambulance officers and first aid personnel will be on standby across Perth and surrounds for the many Australia Day celebrations planned.

St John Ambulance Event Health Services General Manager Phil Martin said the major operational focus will be the Perth Skyworks.

“We will have eight first aid stations on the City and South Perth foreshores, as well as Kings Park, to attend to the large crowds anticipated to turn out for the Skyworks,” he said.

“As in previous years, we will also be operating our water ambulance service, with three paramedics and ambulance officers to be positioned with the State Emergency Service to respond to any boating emergencies.”

Mr Martin said the BYO alcohol zones at Skyworks are having a positive impact.

“There has been a definite decline in the number of alcohol-related incidents requiring ambulance attendance or first aid treatment since the zones were introduced,” he said.

“We will also have crews at 12 other Australia Day events across the metropolitan area, including the fireworks at Ashfield Reserve, Rockingham and Mandurah and a number of citizenship ceremonies.”

Mr Martin said St John personnel will be available to help anyone requiring first aid or emergency care on Sunday however there are a number of things people can do to avoid feeling the effects of the heat.

“Drink lots of water throughout the day to keep hydrated and try to seek out a shady spot or take an umbrella with you,” he said.

“Although the fireworks don’t start until after dark, the reality is that many people begin staking their spot from around lunchtime so it’s important to continue to ‘slip, slop, slap’ until dusk to avoid heat stress.”

Mr Martin also recommends people pack a small first aid kit in their picnic basket, allowing them to manage any minor first aid issues.

“In an emergency situation, especially if you’re amongst a crowd, call triple zero (000) and we will get assistance to you.”

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