SKILL FOR LIFE: Leigh Anderson and Chris Cranmer demonstrate CPR techniques at the Cannonvale State School’s fair on Saturday. Photo: Keagan Ryan
SKILL FOR LIFE: Leigh Anderson and Chris Cranmer demonstrate CPR techniques at the Cannonvale State School’s fair on Saturday. Photo: Keagan Ryan

CPR program will save lives

CPR KNOWLEDGE can and has saved people's lives here in the Whitsundays, says QAS advanced care paramedic Ian Radford.

That's why Whitsunday ambulance officers are now offering a CPR awareness program to the local community.

"There's probably a small handful (of cases) every year that we get and it's only because somebody who's doing chest compressions on the scene has ultimately done what's necessary to sustain life," Mr Radford said.

"Any delay whatsoever is detrimental."

Local businesses, schools and community organisations big and small now have the opportunity to get to grips with CPR techniques and learn what to do in an emergency.

"What we're trying to do is invite companies and schools to contact us through myself or Steve (Thurtell) to organise events like this," Mr Radford said.

"It's not an accredited course but more an awareness program that we can get across to the community.

"It's probably been proven across the world that when ambulance services or hospitals incorporate this type of education across the community it works wonders.

"I know it works from the point of view of teenagers, children and adults being put in that predicament and it has benefited immensely."

Mr Radford said he had so far presented the course to the Airlie Beach Men's Shed and at the Cannonvale State School Fete on the weekend, and was planning to host a full day of CPR awareness techniques at Whitsunday Plaza in the near future.

"We'll gladly send the whole crew or one of the crew to do a demonstration and a question and answer session about other things if they want," he explained.

"It's just important from the point of view of any age groups knowing to call 000, knowing what to do and not to panic in stations of extreme emergency.

"There's a lot of people who don't have advanced first aid courses or the confidence and it's just about building the confidence and the understanding of what to do in case of an emergency."

To organise a CPR awareness session, phone Ian Radford during business hours on 0418 969 993.


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