St John supporting veterans on Anzac Day
First aid volunteers from St John Ambulance will be on hand at Perth’s major Anzac Day events for any medical emergencies that arise.
The volunteers will be on duty at both the Dawn Service at the Kings Park State War Memorial and later at the Anzac Day Parade through the Perth CBD.
St John Ambulance Event Health Services general manager Phil Martin said St John would also provide volunteers at many of the suburban services held at various RSL branches around Perth and in the regions.
“We are very much part of Anzac Day. We have been doing this for decades and we are proud to be involved with both veterans and the wider community on this important public holiday,” Mr Martin said.
“Despite the fact it is a public holiday, we always have very strong St John volunteer turn out for Anzac Day, which is just indicative of the dedication of our volunteers.”
“We have 120 members volunteering at Anzac Day events, with 34 on at the Dawn Service and 38 posted to the Parade. The others will across the metro area in places such as Cockburn, South Perth and Bassendean”.
Patrons are urged to seek assistance from St John volunteers stationed at events if they require medical aid.
St John recommends you follow a few simple steps to ensure that your local Anzac Day Dawn Service or Parade is a great experience for you:
- If you are attending the Dawn Service, ensure you eat a hearty meal and drink plenty of fluids prior.
- Wear comfortable shoes (and thick socks where necessary). This will help you to avoid sore, tired feet and blisters caused by long periods of time spent walking, marching or standing.
- Bring a fold out chair if you’re not used to standing for too long.
- Dress appropriately. Remember in the morning during the Dawn Service it will be cool and during the day (in the sun) it can become extremely warm for the Parade.
- Take your medication with you. If you suffer from diabetes, asthma or hayfever ensure you pack all the required medication and take it with you.
- Pack a hat, water bottle and sunscreen.
Mr Martin said experience has shown it was likely that St John volunteers would have to treat people for fainting and heat related symptoms, particularly dehydration and heat exhaustion.
“Fainting is extremely common during Anzac Day Parades. People wake up early to attend the Dawn Service and then spend the day in the hot sun at a Parade, so it’s extremely important that precautions are taken to ensure their health and wellbeing.”