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.”
At First Aid Accident and Emergency we hear a lot of different excuses why people never get around to updating their first aid skills. After over a decade in the industry, we’ve compiled our own Top 5 of some of the reasons people have hesitated in doing a first aid course or a first aid refresher course.
Top 5 excuses why people don’t learn first aid
5. “I don’t have the time to do a First Aid course.”
4. “I heard first aid courses are really expensive.”
3. “I don’t do anything dangerous so I’ll never need it.”
2. “I did a First Aid course years ago. Nothing would’ve changed since then.”
1. “If something happens I’ll just call an ambulance.”
All of these excuses seem justified at the time but there is actually no valid reason to justify not being able to know how to save a life. We thought we would take a look at each one of these excuses and dispel some of the myths surrounding first aid courses.
I don’t have the time to do a First Aid course: First Aid Accident and Emergency has an extensive timetable designed to cater to individual bookings, group bookings, trades people, parents, childcare and medical professionals, corporate workers – anyone who wants to learn First Aid we have a course and a time to suit. We also offer the added flexibility of conducting off-site training so the first aid course can be facilitated in a designated workplace or venue.
I heard first aid courses are really expensive: At First Aid Accident and Emergency we offer a large range of First Aid courses depending on how extensive you want your training to be. Starting from the basic first aid course all the way through to Advanced Resuscitation training, there is a course and a budget to suit every situation.
I don’t do anything dangerous so I’ll never need it: Accidents happen anywhere, anytime to anyone which is why they are called accidents. Most accidents or medical emergencies occur when people are conducting their day-to-day activities; driving a car, riding to work, camping, cleaning the house, swimming in the backyard pool or even participating in a first aid course as happened in our facility! You don’t have to be into extreme sports or work in a high risk industry for unfortunate things to happen and when they do, it’s worth being prepared.
I did a First Aid course years ago. Nothing would’ve changed since then: Actually, a lot of things probably have changed since then. Our first aid trainers are always attending regular training to up-skill on more effective first aid techniques, new equipment and information on medical conditions. And just like any training, the longer you leave it in between sessions the less you will remember. At First Aid Accident and Emergency we offer regular first aid refresher courses tailored to all levels of experience.
If something happens I’ll just call an ambulance: Think about it, if you’re calling an ambulance, it’s going to be for something pretty serious. Those first few minutes after an accident or medical incident are the most crucial time for the victim to receive medical attention. Having first aid skills can give you the confidence to attend and help stabilize the victim until the paramedics arrive and could potentially even save their life.
This Saturday was a special day for Kirra parkrun, not only was it their 5th year anniversary, they also received a new LIFEPAK CR PLUS Defibrillator from Scott Whimpey, director of First Aid Accident & Emergency. Scott got the word that Gavin Mathieson, Gold Coast area manager for parkrun was visiting Kirra, along with Paul Relf from Main Beach parkrun, Divina Hervey from Surfers Paradise parkrun and Kirra parkrun Director, Emma Nicholson. Putting together the defibrillators for parkrun’s on the Gold Coast and presenting them at Kirra’s anniversary run was a very special thing to do, said Scott.
The friendly atmosphere and welcoming mix of runners from all over the southern Gold Coast and Tweed region gives Kirra parkrun a special feel. Scott also decided to have a hit out over the fastest 5km parkrun course on the Gold Coast, I had my work cut out with some fast runners out on the day, I managed to run my fastest time for the year and posted a 17:20 sec 5km. Thanks Kirra for looking after me and all the best with the new Defibrillator, hopefully there is no need to crack it out!
People assume that hospital staff are naturally able to conduct first aid, no matter which department they work in. The fact is that First Aid requires consistant training and upskilling, especially to those working in the health industry.
Our chief trainer, Scott Whimpey, recently conducted some refresher training in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and Low Voltage Switchboard Rescue for the maintenance team at Pindara Private Hospital.
This actually doubled up as a two-way training session with Scott taking some time out after the course to get some interesting information on testing and calibration of some medical equipment.
Doesn’t matter how ‘low risk’ your occupation is, everyone needs to know first aid which is why we weren’t surprised to get a fly-by visit from Big Trev from 102.9 Hot Tomato. Trev works in radio and spends most of his time traveling around the Gold Coast visiting businesses and coordinating give-aways but this doesn’t mean he is exempt from needing to learn first aid.
A basic First Aid course is only a few hours out of the day but the payback could ultimately be that you save someone’s life – or even your own. First Aid Accident and Emergency offers the flexibility of both off-site first aid courses at workplaces and venues or regular in-house first aid courses at our Varsity Lakes training facility.
For more information on the First Aid courses we provide and information on group bookings, contact our head office today.
First Aid Accident & Emergency (FAAE) have partnered up with Guy Leech and parkrun for an Australian first.
FAAE have established themselves as a market leader for Workplace Defibrillators by teaming up with the best in the business- Guy Leech, parkrun and Physio Control to deliver an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to every parkrun event in the country, that’s right, the ultimate life saving tool at your local parkrun. That’s a massive undertaking considering there is now over 150 parkrun events in Australia.
parkrun is a free National, Saturday morning 5 km timed running or jogging event, you can even take your dog, this event is taking the country and the world by storm with over 1 million parkrunners registered worldwide.
The parkrun partnership started a few years ago when First Aid Accident & Emergency were approached by Tim Oberg after some serious incidents at parkrun events in Australia, these situations were serious enough to think about how we could help the parkrun team deal with possible resuscitation’s and serious emergencies.
A national partnership was formed between parkrun and First Aid Accident & Emergency, this was headed up by Scott Whimpey, a self confessed running addict and parkrunner. “We initially helped out by implemented first aid kits for all parkrun events, but we needed to set the bar higher” said Scott, Director of FAAE.
Defibs4parkrun is a crowd funding initiative that was conceived by parkrun Director – Tim Oberg and his 2IC Renee Gimbert. In 2016 the two went out and on a mission and approached local members of the councils for funding, they also started with crowd funding, aiming to raise funds for the defibrillator dream. Everything started turning into reality late last year with some progress being made, defibrillators were purchased and started to get shipped out to events.
Then FAAE was approached by Guy Leech- a former world iron man champion and an ambassador for Physio Control defibrillators, Guy had been through a personal experience with a mate on a surf ski that had a SCA (sudden cardiac arrest), despite all attempts being made to resuscitate his mate, Guy was not successful and his mate could not be revived by the champ. Guy immediately looked for the answer and found it in AED’s.
Guy approached Physio Control and struck up a partnership, he wanted to raise awareness about the necessity of defibrillators within the first 10 minutes of someone having a heart attack.
By this stage Tim and Renee were up and running and decided to put the “Dream Team” together, Scott Whimpey and Guy Leech headed up the supply and services required for the Australian parkrun organisation.
“Teaming up with Guy Leech not only helps us promote safety in Australia and especially within the parkrun family, it helps us get the word out about defibrillators, first aid and CPR training and all the key aspects of a successful resuscitation” says Scott
Over 120 defibrillators are now at parkrun events with more to come.
So as a parkrunner, you can now feel a little safer hitting your favourite 5km patch of turf with a parkrun defibrillator ready to go.
Thanks Tim, Renee, Guy and the FAAE team for making the dream a reality.
For more information on Sudden Cardiac Arrests, defibrillators and first aid procedures to perform a successful resuscitation, check our parkrun page.
If you would like to enquire about a Workplace Defibrillator or first aid kit, call the office on 07 55205068 or visit us at www.firstaidae.com.au
It’s been a busy time for emergency services in the Tropical Northern Queensland city of Cairns over the past week with several near-drownings only days apart from each other.
The drownings involved children under the age of 6, one whom was swimming in a public pool, one who was visiting a local water attraction and another child who was pulled from a backyard swimming pool.
As the temperature rises, the time spent in or around water also increases which is why we all need to be vigilant when it comes to water safety. Children require constant supervision no matter how ‘strong’ a swimmer we think they are. It only takes 6 centimetres of water and a slight mishap to cause a child to drown so in addition to spending time educating children on the rules of being around the water, it’s also essential for parents and carers to educate themselves on life-saving CPR skills.
In our CPR Course held at our Varsity Lakes headquarters we cover all elements of CPR including:
- Legal issues
- Chain of Survival
- Awareness of an AED (Defibrillator)
- DRSABCD of resuscitation
- Two (2) minutes of uninterrupted CPR
- Demonstrations and practical scenarios using a manikin
- Choking methods
- Drowning management
When it comes to water safety it all boils down to being proactive in all aspects including prevention of any incidents. Whilst accidents still do happen, having the confidence and knowledge to assist any drowning victims and knowing the proper CPR techniques could be the difference between a full recovery or a tragedy.
It has been a difficult time for the staff and local community of Dreamworld so when our First Aid Accident and Emergency office received the phone call to facilitate a Low Voltage Rescue and Resuscitation Course for the engineering team, our CEO and chief trainer, Scott Whimpey, took the job on himself.
Knowing First Aid and being confident to administer it when needed has been highlighted in respect to the recent incident that happened at the Gold Coast theme park. It was essential that only the best first aid training was used which is why First Aid Accident and Emergency was contacted to conduct this course.
With over a decades worth of experience in the industry, our team has not only taught First Aid courses but used their skills in real life situations.
The Dreamworld engineering team did a fantastic job and passed with flying colours in their Low Voltage Rescue and Resuscitation Course and we wish them all the best for the year ahead.
If you are interested in our Low Voltage Rescue and Resuscitation Course, contact our Gold Coast based head office today.
Being a parent can be a tough job but never more so when you are having to apply first aid to child, particularly CPR. Staying calm and being confident in your CPR skills could be the difference between a successful resuscitation and needing intervention. CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, when done correctly, is one of the most effective life saving techniques to administer if someone has stopped breathing.
At First Aid Accident & Emergency our experienced team, many of which are parents themselves, understand the importance of knowing first aid when it comes to treating children which is why we continue to offer our hugely successful CPR Workshop on the last Friday of every month.
The Mums and Bubs CPR Workshop is held at our Varsity Lakes headquarters and facilitated by one of our experienced First Aid instructors.
If you would like to book a spot, please call our First Aid Accident & Emergency head office today or book online here.
It was training of a different kind when our chief first aid instructor, Scott Whimpey, attended the Australian Institute of Sport at their Gold Coast Mermaid Waters office. These guys already knew a thing or two about staying healthy and dealing with injuries from sport but things were taken up to another level today when they were shown an onsite emergency simulated Cardiac Arrest.
Understanding the symptoms and treatment for heart attacks is essential for any athlete pushing their body to the limit which is why so many sporting organisations are taking the time to educate their staff and members on the importance of knowing First Aid.
It was a great day with the team at the Australian Institute of Sport all of whom received a gold medal for the first aid workshop today.
If you are a sporting team, venue or organisation and would like more information on the first aid courses we can specifically tailor to your industry, contact our First Aid Accident and Emergency head office today.