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Children train to save lives

STUDENTS were given a lesson in life saving at Wonthaggi North Primary School recently.

This class was part of the self funded St John Ambulance First Aid in Schools program that teaches first aid, such as calling 000 for an ambulance, treating cuts and burns, and how to do CPR and use a defibrillator.

Grade 4 student Bianca learnt what to do if she found someone unconscious.

“First you have to look, listen and smell to see if there are any other dangers. You have to make sure you’re safe before you go,” she said.

“Then you check to see if they are responsive. If they aren’t talking, you squeeze their shoulder. Make sure you send for help and check their airway to see if they are breathing.”

Children undertook their lesson with St John’s Clare Gilder.

“As accidents and injuries can happen at any time, and with children being the centre of households, teaching children first aid in primary school will prepare them to know what to do, when and for how long. Our program will save lives,” first aid in schools program manager Martin Wells said.

Treating injury: from left, Wonthaggi North Primary School students Tate, Jack, Charlotte and Alex were all bandaged up after practicing first aid with St John Ambulance Victoria’s Clare Gilder (back).

Treating injury: from left, Wonthaggi North Primary School students Tate, Jack, Charlotte and Alex were all bandaged up after practicing first aid with St John Ambulance Victoria’s Clare Gilder (back).

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