More first aid training for households

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 11/08/2014

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Invercargill is first in line in a nationwide push to get more first aid education in to homes.

Southland power company PowerNet has partnered with St John to provide financial support for first aid training for the next three years.

St John South Island fundraising manager Debbie Pipson said the partnership would enable them to provide more first aid training to more people in Southland.

Their long-term goal was to have one person in every household in New Zealand first aid trained.

The funding partnership with PowerNet was a massive boost for their Southland capabilities, she said.

The nationwide charity will now be able to reach more people and groups in the community than before with the possibility of fully funded training sessions for some groups, she said.

Ninety seven per cent of ambulance callouts were for incidents that in the home so it would make a huge difference to people's safety if someone was on hand with basic first aid knowledge, she said.

It was the first large partnership of its type for St John aside from a similar, smaller-scale project between Christchurch Rotary in Canterbury, she said.

It was great to have such a boost for Invercargill, Pipson said. "Why Invercargill? Why not?"

PowerNet chief executive Jason Franklin said the synergy between both organisations made the partnership an obvious choice.

The financial support, which was similar to their contribution as a major sponsor of the Tour of Southland, would help deliver first aid training and safety education across Southland.

The relationship was focused on safety through education for the initial stage and would develop further over the three years.

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