St John training centre opens

17:00, Sep 18 2013

The new St John Training and Education facility has opened in Invercargill.

Representatives for St John, ASB and PowerNet as well as members of the public gathered at the new facility on Victoria Ave last night.

Invercargill St John area committee chairman, Reverend Richard Gray blessed each room before speeches were made and certificates and a 12-year service medal were handed out.

The facility will allow St John to have a location for training, which will include St John first aid training courses, public education facilities, St John clinic development and educational courses and youth activities.

St John customer services manager Christine Prince said first aid training could be the difference between life and death.

Everyone should be first aid trained and St John's goal was to have one person in each household trained, she said.

ACC figures show more than 7800 people in Southland are injured every year in accidents at home.

St John spokesman Ian Henderson said its first aid courses gave people the knowledge and confidence to provide effective first aid whenever it was needed.

St John was also celebrating World First Aid Training Month. nicole.mcdougall@stl.co.nz

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