St John Ambulance, Denmark opened their doors to members of the Denmark Chamber of Commerce for the October Business After Hours for what was a fun and informative evening.
The extent of this group of volunteers was a surprise to many with 30 trained men and women making up a dynamic team of First Aid Responders here in Denmark. Different levels of training have been attained by the various members and it is a logistical challenge to ensure the right combination of Officers is on duty at any one time. The Sub Centre located at 10 Price Street, Denmark has onsite accommodation for volunteers on call which enables a quick response time and is useful for those based out of town. The Sub Centre is aiming to become more resilient over time with plans to ensure functionality during stressful times. This includes plans for solar panels, a generator and satellite phones. St John Ambulance, Denmark are always looking for volunteers to continue building upon the strong foundations already established.
Volunteers undertake continual training throughout the year. Caromy Macdougall spoke of the importance of everybody having an understanding of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and an awareness of where your nearest defibrillator is. There are 25 of these located in Denmark. St John run regular First Aid Courses and you can contact them to organize your own training course. 6 people are required to run a course. Caromy also drew attention to the First Responder App which you can download to your phone. The St John First Responder App sends your GPS coordinates to the operator when you call Triple 000 for an ambulance, speeding up the time it takes to confirm your location and dispatch an ambulance.
Yvonne Horton co-ordinates the Denmark Community Transport which is a fantastic service for people needing to get to appointments in Albany or Denmark. A roundtrip to Albany from Denmark costs only $25 and within Denmark just $10. The vehicle can fit 7 passengers and carers travel for free. Passengers need to be able to get in and out of the vehicle themselves but there is room for wheelchairs on board. To book call 0499 796 129.