Belmont, Perth,

Stay safe at 2013 Skyworks

More than 150 St John Ambulance personnel will attend the Australia Day Skyworks on Saturday, 26 January to look after the huge crowd that will converge on the city and surrounds.

St John Ambulance Event Health Services Manager Phil Martin said it was set to be a hot one on Australia Day, so St John was encouraging people to drink plenty of water and where possible, seek shade.

“Children and the elderly will feel the heat more than most so people should ensure they look out for one another – particularly those who are most vulnerable,” he said.

“We will be providing emergency ambulance services and First Aid services across all celebration zones (north and south of the river and in Kings Park) at this year’s Skyworks.”

He said St John will provide more than 150 Paramedics, Ambulance Officers and First Aid personnel across the main staging areas.

“We have nine First Aid posts, eight stationed ambulances and three water ambulances located throughout the celebration zones,” he said.

Mr Martin said the introduction of BYO alcohol zones a few years ago had gone some way to ensuring most people attending Skyworks celebrate Australia Day safely and without injury.

“In the past two years we noticed a significant difference with a drop in ambulance activity related to the event,” he said.

St John will also have a presence at 11 other Australia Day events across the metro area.

Mr Martin said St John has committed 190 personnel to these events with additional ambulance crews rostered on to the metro fleet.


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