Belmont, Perth,

St John trains record numbers in 2012/13

More Western Australians trained in a St John Ambulance first aid course during the last financial year than ever before.

The State’s largest first aid trainer put 190,226 students through one of its courses last year, an increase of 28,369 people (and 17 per cent) from the previous year.

St John Ambulance WA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Anthony Smith said training 190,226 people in first aid in one year has never been done before by a single organisation in Australia.

“St John Ambulance in WA has been the leader in first aid training for many years and this result is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved in our work towards making first aid a part of everyone’s life,” he said.

Mr Smith said first aid was important as it saved lives.

“We can’t stress enough how important first aid is. Accidents can happen at any time and having first aid skills can potentially save the life of a loved one or a colleague,” he said.

“During the coming months St John Ambulance will unveil a new youth training program and we are relaunching Click to Save, an online initiative to reduce road accident deaths and serious injury.”

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St John trained 154,754 people in the metropolitan area and more than 25,000 in regional WA.

Useful facts

  • St John Ambulance WA has been teaching Western Australian first aid since 1892; 121 years.
  • During the period 1980 to 1990, St John increased its number of first aid students by 180 per cent.