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St John Ambulance prepares to watch over festival goers

St John Ambulance Western Australia is advising people to stay safe and look after their mates at this weekend’s Future Music and Goodlife Music Festivals, both in Joondalup.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the events, and St John Ambulance, the state’s premier provider of event health services, will be on hand to assist any patrons who require assistance.St John Festival Ready

With a warm weekend expected, St John Operations Manager Jae Smith said dehydration and heat stress will be a big concern going into the events.

“Whether you’re heading to Future Music on Sunday or the under-18 Goodlife Music Festival on Monday, you’re likely to be in the sun for much of the day,” Ms Smith said.

“So to avoid the effects of dehydration and heat stress, be sure to drink plenty of water, seek out shade regularly and slip, slop, slap.”

“We’re not saying don’t enjoy a drink at the Future Music Festival, but remember to do so in moderation and space it out with water.”

St John will have a team of more than 40 at Future Music from volunteers to command centre operators and stand-by paramedics; with nearly 20 to be in operation at the Goodlife Festival the following day.

Ms Smith urged people to seek out a St John station if they required medical assistance at either event.

“No matter the reason – whether it’s a cut, sunburn or even if you’ve consumed something that you shouldn’t - seek out one of our medical stations,” advised Ms Smith

“And if you’re unable to make it to the station, call triple zero (000) and we will get assistance to you.”

“It’s vitally important people are honest and open with the St John team, who are treating them. Our top priority is to look after you. We’re not there to judge you or report you to police. To ensure you receive the right treatment, it’s vital we know straight-up what we’re treating.”

“We are also encouraging festival goers to stick with their friends, and if you notice your mate in trouble, then approach St John on their behalf.”

St John provided medical services at more than 2,100 events in 2013/14.