Learning to help others in need

Clare Red Cross Group members Sarah Wood and Sue Mayfield with the dummy as they learn to use the AED with SAAS volunteer Tom Yeatman.
Clare Red Cross Group members Sarah Wood and Sue Mayfield with the dummy as they learn to use the AED with SAAS volunteer Tom Yeatman.

Members of Clare Red Cross Group and Royal Flying Doctor Service Clare Support Group gathered at Clare's Ambulance Station last week for defibrillator training.

About 10 ladies turned out to learn skills, or refresh themselves, on how to give CPR and then use an Automated External Defibrillator machine.

SAAS volunteer Tom Yeatman took the group through the station, showing the ambulance and giving a brief run down of the members' roles before a short video presentation and training.

Mr Yeatman told the group it was the first few minutes, where they may have to assist, that were the most important and crucial to a person having the best outcome.

This training comes as more AEDs have been placed throughout communities in the Mid North.

In Clare you'll find an AED at On The Run, out the front of the Clare Hotel (The Middle Pub) and now Woolworths Clare have one on hand. To help locate one in an emergency, you can download the AED Locator app.

SAAS volunteer Tom Yeatman discusses the jobs an ambulance officer might attend.

SAAS volunteer Tom Yeatman discusses the jobs an ambulance officer might attend.