FAAE Sponsor Caningeraba State School

Caningeraba Defib SponsorAs a community minded organisation, FAAE has sponsored Caningeraba State School over $1,000 to purchase a defibrillator for their school.

Scott Whimpey, FAAE Director, presented the life saving piece of equipment to the school principal Ray McConnell during the team training in first aid and CPR.

If your organisation needs workplace first aid training or equipment and want a community minded organisation, contact the team at FAAE  www.firstaidae.com.au

Tick Allergy and Removal

Mammalian meat allergy MMA is on the rise in Australia and the surprising cause – a tick bite. Dr Jonica Newby meets Dr Sheryl van Nunen, the clinician who discovered the link. She found that if the tick had fed off another mammal first, the tick’s blood was infected with a sugar called alpha gal. Once bitten by the infected tick some of our immune systems react to alpha gal causing an allergic reaction. This story is a must see if you want the latest tips on how best to remove a tick.

Video on Tick Allergy

Video on Tick Allergy

How to remove a Tick-

When removing and killing a tick, Dr Ratchford recommends you apply up to 5 squirts of the freezing agent and wait 5 minutes, then scrape the tick off.

Video on Removing a Tick

Video on Removing a Tick

With MMA, and allergies, if you start to suffer from swelling, breathing difficulties or hives, call 000 and start treating as anaphylaxis.

If you would like to learn more about Anaphylaxis or first aid, contact us at www.firstaidae.com.au


Mayor Tate Praises CPR Instructor

Mayor and ScottThe Mayor Tom Tate had his first catch up on Monday with his personal CPR instructor Scott Whimpey, from First Aid Accident & Emergency. Scott and the Mayor met at the council chambers to de-brief after the Mayor’s wife, Ruth Tate, collapsed and had to be resuscitated two weeks ago in a Singapore Airport. The Mayor commended Scott, who personally trained him in first aid and CPR skills earlier in the year.

Mr Mayor said Scott acted out a role play scenario of a heart attack and the practical training session he received was the key to his acting quickly and identifying that his wife needed CPR. The CPR and use of a defibrillator on a patient were all in the training session. Scott and the Mayor also discussed future training for his office and using technology to identify defibrillator locations on the Gold Coast; this critical situation with his wife has now made the Mayor realise the importance of family, first aid training and defibrillators for the people of the Gold Coast, and is asking all workplaces to consider training for team members.

If you would like first aid training or a workplace defibrillator, you can contact Scott’s organisation First Aid Accident & Emergency on 0755205068 or visit www.firstaidae.com.au

Mayor Tate learns CPR and saves his wife.

First Aid Accident & Emergency director, Scott Whimpey was contacted late last year by the Mayor’s office, the Mayor wanted a specalised CPR and first aid course, tailored specifically for himself and one of his team. The Mayoral office was given FAAE’s details from sources in ‘industry’ that highly recommended Scott and his organisation as the ‘must do course’ on the Gold Coast.

Little did the Mayor know that he would be putting his skills to the ultimate test, saving the life of his own wife after she collapsed from a heart attack in a Singapore airport last week.

Whilst preparing to board a flight to Europe, Lady Ruth Tate collapsed in front of her husband without notice, at Changi Airport, suffering from a massive heart attack or MI. The Mayor went right into action, starting CPR and instructing others to retrieve a defibrillator, using the skills he had recently gained from Scott and his training with First Aid Accident & Emergency.

“The first 10 minutes, or as referred to in the medical industry as the ‘platinum 10’ is critical for a successful resuscitation, Mr Tate has done an amazing job and his actions need to be commended from all accounts,” Scott Whimpey said. “It looks as though he may have achieved the ultimate outcome, saving the life of his wife”.

Scott also said that often first responders are unaware of the importance of correct CPR and the use of a defibrillator, “I use live and interactive scenarios that show first responders what really happens in a heart attack situation, this gives the first aider an overall understanding of the bigger picture”. First Aid Accident & Emergency are in the privileged position of helping first responders act appropriately, our courses get results and this has been proven in this case. Scott’s organisation also resuscitated a student in a CPR class last year on the Gold Coast.        

The Mayor was grateful and thanked all involved soon after the incident, “This is the best thing I have ever learnt” said the Mayor in a personal message to Scott. He was thankful that he had these first aid skills and encouraged all Gold Coasters to follow suit. “Having experienced such a frightening incident such as this, I strongly urge everyone to learn CPR as part of a first aid course.” As quoted by the Gold Coast Bulletin.

We are happy to report that Lady Mayoress Ruth Tate have arrived back on the Gold Coast and is expected to make a good recovery.

This incident is just another example that highlights the importance of having training from an industry leader and how it can help assist in life-threatening situations, even for family members. First Aid Accident & Emergency are a Registered Training Organisation ( RTO32508 ) that offer courses to all industries and have a fantastic reputation. “Our approach towards training helps our students retain the information they have learned,” said Scott Whimpey from First Aid Accident & Emergency.  “We are thankful that Mayor Tom Tate appreciated the importance of learning first aid skills and wish Lady Mayoress Ruth Tate a speedy recovery.”

If you would like any more information about our first aid courses or defibrillators, please contact our head office.

Gold Coast First Aid Mayor Tom Taite

Helensvale High School First Aid

When it comes to first aid training for schools, we are considered one of the best, why you ask?

Our first aid and CPR courses are tailored for short, high impact sessions, teachers can complete half of the course online and cut the face to face time to just 3 hours.

The teachers at Helensvale SHS loved our training and deliver method, Jessie the HR manager from Helensvale SHS raved about the service and course delivery offered by First Aid Accident & Emergency. “This is the best first aid and CPR course we have ever had”.

The first aid (HLTAID003) and CPR (HLTAID001) sessions were delivered in a fun, fast  and interactive session, designed for teachers and larger groups up to 40 people.

Here are the teachers after the first aid course delivered by Scott Whimpey.

If your school is looking for a fresh approach to first aid, call our office for a run down on the courses available or check us out here.

Helensvale SHS First AId






Man impaled on steel fence

Do you know what to do for this as a first aider?


Here is a video of a man that has been impaled on a school fence after a car accident, its a miracle he is awake the whole time and survives this!

Australian first aid recommendations for bleeding (ANZCOR Bleeding Guidelines)  

Usually external bleeding can be controlled by the application of pressure on or near the wound to stop further bleeding until help arrives. The main aim is to reduce blood loss from the victim.

The use of direct pressure is usually the fastest, easiest and most effective way to stop bleeding. However, in some circumstances, indirect pressure may be used.

Embedded object in face

Embedded object in face

If there is an obvious embedded object, use indirect pressure.

  • Do not remove the embedded object because it may be plugging the wound and restricting bleeding.
  • Place padding around or above and below the object and apply pressure over the pads.
  • Call 000

General Bleeding Management

  • Use standard precautions (eg gloves, protective glasses) if readily available.
  • Attempt to stop the bleeding by applying sustained direct or indirect pressure on or near the wound as appropriate.
  • Lie the patient down if able to if bleeding from the lower limb or severe bleeding.
  • If severe bleeding not controlled by above measures, use a tourniquet above bleeding point if available and trained in its use
  • Call an ambulance on 000 or 112.
  • If the victim is unresponsive and not breathing normally, start CPR.

Direct Pressure Method

Bleeding_controlWhere the bleeding point is identified control bleeding by applying pressure as follows:

  • apply firm, direct pressure sufficient to stop the bleeding
  • apply pressure using hands or a pad ensuring that sufficient pressure is maintained and that the pressure remains over the wound. If bleeding continues, apply another pad and a tighter dressing over the wound.

To assist in controlling bleeding, where possible:

  • restrict movement
  • immobilise the part
  • advise the victim to remain at total rest.

If bleeding continues it may be necessary to remove the pad(s) to ensure that a specific bleeding point has not been missed. The aim is to press over a small area and thus achieve greater pressure over the bleeding point. For this reason an unsuccessful pressure dressing may be removed to allow a more direct pressure pad and dressing on the bleeding location.

torniquetUse of Tourniquet

Tourniquets should only be used for life threatening bleeding from a limb that cannot be controlled by direct pressure. A wide bandage (of at least 5cm) can be used as a tourniquet 5-7 cm above the bleeding point. The bandage should be tight enough to stop all circulation to the injured limb and control the bleeding. The time of application must be noted and passed on to emergency/ambulance personnel. Once applied, the victim requires urgent transfer to hospital and the tourniquet should not be removed until the victim receives specialist care.

A tourniquet should not be applied over a joint or wound, and must not be covered up by any bandage or clothing.

Internal Bleeding

Recognition of Internal bleeding may be difficult to recognise, but should always be suspected where there are symptoms and signs of shock

If you need to learn these life saving skills, come along and do our Provide first aid course HLTAID003 Book online now or call 0755205068

FAAE supports the Kokoda Youth Program

The Kokoda Youth Program

The Kokoda Youth Program

First Aid Accident & Emergency are proud supporters of local programs on the Gold Coast, this year marks the 10th anniversary the we have supported the Kokoda Youth Program and the Kokoda Challenge.kokoda challenge

Scott Whimpey, FAAE director, 10 year Kokoda competitor and first aid adviser, visited the Kokoda Youth Program on the weekend to share knowledge on injury management, nutrition and vital tips on how to get through this grueling challenge.

Kokoda Kids starting the BEEP test

Kokoda Kids starting the BEEP test

Scott’s workshop was one of many on the day and aimed at teaching the youth program important skills for hiking for over 30 hrs on trail and steep terrain.

“We love the way it changes the young people  and puts life and challenges into perspective” Scott says.

FAAE also also sponsored the Kokoda Kids with vital first aid kits for their up coming 12 months in the program.

This is the only program of its type in Australia, teaching kids about our Kokoda spirit and our heritage from the Kokoda Track in PNG and the battles of WW2.

Scott and Team CONDEV 1 for the 2017 Kokoda Challenge

Scott and Team CONDEV 1 for the 2017 Kokoda Challenge

If you need advice or first aid equipment for the Kokoda Challenge, have a look at our Kokoda Products here



How do you get out of a sinking car

In the wake of recent tragic events and serious flooding, this simple information on how to escape from a sinking car could save you or loved ones life when it counts.FAAE LOGO

The S-C-W-O Method   1- Seat belt 2- Children 3- Window 4- OUT

Any car accident is frightening, but an accident in which your vehicle is thrown into the water, with you trapped inside, is absolutely terrifying. Such accidents are particularly dangerous due to the risk of drowning. 10 percent of drowning deaths can be attributed to being submerged in a car, and about 400 Americans die from being submerged in a car every year.
However, most deaths are a result of panic, not having a plan and not understanding what is happening to the car in the water. By adopting a brace position to survive the impact, acting decisively when the car ends up in the water, and getting out fast, being trapped in a sinking vehicle is survivable, even if it’s a flooded river.

Here are the steps to survive a car in water.

1. Brace yourself for impact.wheel 1

As soon as you’re aware that you’re going off the road and into a body of water, adopt a brace position. This is done by placing both hands on the steering wheel in the “nine and three” positions. The impact your car makes could set off the airbag system in your vehicle and any other brace position could cause serious injury in such an event. If your hands are located at “ten and two” position when the airbag inflated it could force your hands into your face resulting in serious injury. Remember, an airbag inflates rapidly, within 0.04 seconds upon being triggered. Once this aspect is out of the way, prepare for the next step immediately.
• Remain calm. Panic reduces energy, uses up precious air, and causes you to blank out. Repeat a mantra of what to do to get out (see next step) and stay focused on the situation at hand. Panic can be left for the shore when you reach it.

2. Undo your seat belt.seatbelt 2

The seat belt is the first thing to attend to, yet it often gets forgotten in the panic.

The motto here is: Seat belt; children; window; OUT (S-C-W-O).
• Unbuckle the children, starting with the oldest first (who can then help the others).
• Forget the cell phone call. Your car isn’t going to wait for you to make the call and sadly, people have lost their lives trying this. Get busy getting out.
• There is a counter-theory that suggests the seat belt should be left on. This theory suggests that if you release your seat belt, you may, due to underwater disorientation, end up moving away from the window or door opening due to the ingress of water through the opening.

If you need to push the door open, being anchored by the seat belt might give you additional leverage, versus pushing the door while you’re suspended in the water. Having your seat belt on could also help you maintain your sense of orientation if the car flips upside-down.

On the downside, having your seat belt on can also make it harder to get out quickly and to move out, which is the point of reacting quickly from the start and not waiting in the vehicle. In the video featuring Rick Mercer and Professor Giesbrecht below, they show clearly that it’s important to be able to move around from the start, including if you need to move to the backseat to get out of the car as the engine-heavy front part starts tipping deeper first.


3. Open the window as soon as you hit the water.

Following Professor Giesbrecht’s recommendation, leave the door alone at this stage and concentrate on the window. A car’s electrical system should work for up to three minutes in water. (not that you have three minutes of course), so try the method of opening it electronically first. Many people don’t think about the window as an escape option either because of panic, lack of using the window for exit normally, or because they’re focused on lots of misinformation about doors and sinking. There are several reasons for not bothering with the door according to Professor Giesler. Immediately upon impact, you have only a few seconds in which opening the door of your sinking car is possible, while most of the door is still above water level. Once the car has started to sink, it is not humanly possible to open the door again until the pressure between the inside and the outside of the car has been equalized (leveled); this means that the car cabin has to be filled with water and that’s not really a state you want to be in.

4. Break the window.break glass 4

If you aren’t able to open the window, or it only opens halfway, you’ll need to break it. You will need to use an object or your foot to break the window. You can also take your headrest off and use the metal inserts to break a window. It may feel counter-intuitive to let water into the car, but the sooner it is open, the sooner you will be able to escape directly through the broken window.
• If you have no tools or heavy objects to break the window with, use your feet. If you have high heels, these might work when placed at the center of the window. Otherwise, Professor Giesbrecht advises that you aim to kick near the front of the window or along the hinges (see the demonstration in the video). Be aware that it’s very hard to break a window by kicking, so find these breakpoints. Don’t even try the windshield; it’s made to be unbreakable (safety glass) and even if you did manage to shatter it (unlikely in the time you have), the stickiness of safety glass can make it hard to get through. Side and rear windows are the best options for escape.
• If you have a heavy object, aim for the center of the window. A rock, hammer, steering wheel lock, umbrella, screwdriver, laptop, large camera, etc., might all serve as suitable battering objects. Even the keys might work if you’re strong enough.
• If you’ve already thought ahead, you might have a window breaking tool handy in the car. There are various tools available. Professor Giesbrecht recommends a “center punch”, which is a small tool that could be easily stowed in the driver’s side door or on the dashboard, for fast retrieval. This power punch is usually spring-loaded and can also be found in a hammer shape. Failing that, you could also carry your own small hammer.

5. Escape through the broken window.escape car 5

Take a deep breath, and swim out through the broken window as soon as you’ve broken it. Water will be gushing into the car at this point, so expect this and use your strength to swim out and up. Professor Giesbrecht’s experiments have shown that it is possible to get out through this torrent (contrary to some theories) and that it’s better to go now than to wait.
• Look to children first. Heave them up toward the surface as best you can. If they cannot swim, see if you can give them something that floats to hold onto, with strict instructions not to let go. An adult may need to go with them immediately if there is nothing to hold onto.
• As you exit the car, do not kick your feet until clear of the car – you could injure other passengers. Use your arms to propel you upward.
• If the car is sinking quickly and you haven’t gotten out yet, keep trying to get out of the window. If there is a child in the car, tell them to breathe normally until the water is up to their chest.
Escape when the car has equalized, If it has reached the dramatic stage where the car cabin has filled with water and it has equalized, you must move quickly and effectively to ensure your survival. It takes 60 to 120 seconds (1 to 2 minutes) for a car to fill up with water usually. While there is still air in the car, take slow, deep breaths and focus on what you’re doing. Unlock your door, either with the power button (if it is still working) or manually. If the doors are stuck (which they probably will be in most cases, with the pressure being massive), hopefully you’ve been busy breaking the window already, as advised in the previous steps.
• Continue to breathe normally until the water is at chest level, then take a deep breath and hold your nose.
• Stay calm. Keep your mouth closed to preserve breath and to prevent water from entering. Swim out through the broken window.
• If exiting via an open door, place your hand on the door latch. If you are unable to see it, use a physical reference by stretching your hand from your hip and feeling along the door until you locate the latch.

6. Swim to the surface as quickly as possible.

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Push off the car and swim to the surface. If you don’t know which way to swim, look for light and swim toward it or follow any bubbles you see as they will be going up. Be aware of your surroundings as you swim and surface; you may have to deal with a strong current or obstacles such as rocks, concrete bridge supports, or even passing boats. If it’s very cold water, keep moving and get everyone out as quick as possible, do your best to avoid injuring yourself on obstacles, and use branches, supports, and other items to cling to if you’re injured or exhausted.
7. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Hospital 7The adrenaline in your bloodstream after the escape may make you unable to detect any injuries you may have sustained in the accident. Hail passing motorists who can call for help on their phones and provide you with warmth, comfort, and a lift to nearest hospital.

If you would like to learn more life saving tips, come and check out our Nationally Recognised First Aid Training on the Gold Coast 

Need Workplace First Aid Kits or a Defibrillator to save a life? FAAE now has a First Aid Shop On-Line

First Aid Store

parkrun Chain of Survival

We encourage everyone to  watch this video and read this article.


Did you know over 30,000 people die from a SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) in Australia every year, parkrun is now on the way to reducing these numbers by providing a Defibrillator at every parkrun event. As a parkrunner you may be aware that over 100 defibrillators have now been delivered to parkrun events around Australia.


Our first aid partner and defibrillator supplier, First Aid Accident & Emergency (FAAE) in conjunction with Guy Leech have supplied parkrun with all our LIFEPAK CR PLUS Defibrillators and we still have another 100 to come.


Scott Whimpey, Director of FAAE, avid parkrunner and expert first aid educator, is now on a mission to educate you all in the use of these defibrillators, and how to use this life-saving device in a parkrun event if a heart attack or SCA strikes. Scott has developed the parkrun Chain of Survival chart and video – educational tools to show you the 4 basic steps involved in saving a life in a parkrun event.


Why are defibrillators important?


It has been medically shown that for every minute that goes by, the heart dies by an additional 10%, applying this parkrun chain of survival, with early CPR and early access to a defibrillator in a heart attack or SCA, increases chances of survival by up to 80%. WOW, this gives everyone a better chance, so here it is:


Step 1– In the parkrun chain of survival is to ensure safety for everyone, call 000 and send someone to the parkrun director to retrieve the Defibrillator and first aid equipment.


Step 2– If the patient stops breathing, Start CPR as soon as possible, look, listen and feel for breathing and if the patient is not breathing, start by checking the airway, then get going on compressions. 2 compressions a second until the defibrillator arrives.


Step 3– apply the defibrillator on the patient’s chest as soon as possible, make sure no one stops compressions until the defibrillator tells you. The defibrillator once opened will start talking you through the steps from here.


Step 4– Advanced care, this means the paramedics will administer lifesaving drugs and support to stabilise the patient, they will also deliver the patient to the hospital for further care.


This parkrun Chain of Survival can be utilised across all areas of the community and has been developed by Scott to suit parkrun events. The standard Chain of Survival was originally developed by the American Heart Association in 1991. The original idea was that all communities should adopt the principle of early defibrillation and that all personnel who are likely, as part of their duties, to perform basic CPR, should be equipped with a Defibrillator.

Since then, the Australian Resuscitation Council have backed early Defibrillation and recommended that a person responding to a patient in cardiac arrest should have access to a defibrillator within 1 to 2 minutes. Particularly within a workplace and sporting arenas.


If you would like more information about the LIFEPAK CR PLUS Defibrillator, you can visit the First Aid Accident & Emergency parkrun page


If you like to make a fully tax-deductible donation to our #defibs4parkrun campaign, you can do so via the Australian Sports Foundation.

Cant wait for The Kokoda Challenge 2017

We can’t wait for the Kokoda Challenge this year, Scott Whimpey, former winner of the challenge and now in Team CONDEV1 will be at the information day to give us some great tips and first aid advice for the event, Scott will also have strapping tape, first aid kits and a huge amount of motivation for all competitors.

Scott finished 2nd with Team CONDEV1 in 2016

Scott finished 2nd with Team CONDEV1 in 2016

First Aid Accident & Emergency are a 10 year sponsor of The Kokoda Challenge and have some great information here for competitors.