February 1, 2012

First Aid Focus for new school year

School’s back and this year more than 20,000 Western Australian school students will receive free First Aid training through a new partnership between Alcoa and St John Ambulance WA (SJAWA).
Schools from Kwinana to Harvey will be invited to participate in the St John Ambulance Alcoa First Aid Focus program that will provide students from Kindergarten to Year 12 with essential skills to respond to emergency situations such as dialling triple zero and providing vital information or performing Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Alcoa’s General Manager of Western Australian Operations Simon Butterworth said the $88,000 partnership was closely aligned with Alcoa’s core safety value and part of a community objective to reduce injury, enhance wellness and create a safer and healthier future for all.
“We’ve all heard the stories about young people who save an ill or injured family member as a result of their First Aid training. We know it works,” Mr Butterworth said.
“By partnering with St John Ambulance WA, we are increasing the number of young people who will receive First Aid training this year by around 50%, with a focus in and around the communities in which we operate.”
St John Ambulance WA State Manager for Business Services Greg Massam said this partnership will go some way in reaching the organisation’s objective to ensure at least one member of every Western Australian household is trained in First Aid.
“Our First Aid Focus program is a First Aid training program offered free to Western Australian students, from Kindergarten through to and including High School,” Mr Massam said.
“More than 173,000 students have received First Aid training under the program since it began in 2009 and the support from Alcoa will see the program rolled out to more schools across Western Australia.”
Mr Butterworth also noted Alcoa’s desire for this program to inspire the next generation of first aid volunteers.
“With the majority of our operations located in small, rural communities, we understand the importance of volunteer emergency responders,” he said.
“St John Ambulance volunteers are a critical part of these communities, and we hope that this partnership will increase awareness of this, and that one day graduates from the program will give back through volunteer community service.”
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Media contact:
Jane McGuire 0410 694 676 jane.mcguire@alcoa.com.au