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St John to unveil new emergency response trailer


St John Ambulance’s ability to respond to natural disasters and major incidents in the Goldfields will be significantly enhanced by a new emergency response trailer set to be unveiled in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Saturday.

The trailer, which will be towed behind a four-wheel-drive ambulance, will act as a mobile command centre and allow paramedics to operate in a more coordinated capacity in regional and remote areas.

St John Ambulance Regional Manager Andrew Hirst said the trailer will boost paramedics’ preparedness to assist at major incidents such as car crashes, remote train derailments and natural disasters.

"There have been several incidents in recent years, such as the 2010 Boulder earthquake, which have prompted proactive measures to ensure we are fully prepared in the event of a major accident or disaster," Mr Hirst said.

"The emergency response trailer gives our paramedics easier access to supplies and communication equipment that is needed to provide thorough and comprehensive assistance at mass casualty scenes.

"Additionally, it provides the capacity to react faster and more efficiently, while remaining self-reliant for longer."

The $48,000 trailer, which will also serve as an important emergency training tool, was jointly funded by St John Ambulance, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Aurizon, Brookfield Rail and local Rotary Clubs.

With four separate rail networks running through Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Mr Hirst said the emergency response trailer was a particularly valuable asset in being prepared for any incidents within the rail corridor.

"The emergency trailer is equipped to improve the quality of emergency care received by the Goldfields community as well as people travelling to and from Kalgoorlie," he said.

"We now have the capacity to treat an increased number of patients at one time and over long distances to any location in the Goldfields."

The emergency response trailer will be unveiled to media and special guests at the St John Goldfields Regional Office, 562 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie on Saturday, June 7 at 9am.