Good Attendance at Pressure Course
One hundred men and women attended the first of a Series of lectures on first-aid being held in Hastings.
An association officer said they were gratified at the public response. The attendance was the best the association had ever had at a first-aid course.
Unfortunately, the association’s room in Southland Road was inadequate for the purpose, he said. With such a large number attending it was almost impossible to give practical instruction. Arrangements were made to use a larger hall for future lectures.
A doctor gave lectures on the principles of first-aid and body structure and functions. Members of the Ambulance Division gave instructions on the use of triangular bandages.
Support for the first-aid course was expressed by Senior Traffic Officer F.O. Wilkinson, Hastings, who said that in 30 years’ experience on New Zealand Roads he could quote a large number of occasions where first-aid applied on the spot had saved considerable suffering. In some cases particularly those of arterial bleeding lives had been saved.
The transport Department was behind the St. John Ambulance in its work to the extent that every traffic officer was required to hold a first-aid certificate.
“I strongly recommend the St. John Ambulance course of training to everyone,” he said. “we never know whose life we may be able to save. It could be a member of our own family.
The St. John Ambulance organization was performing a great public service and should be supported by every member of the community said Mr. Wilkinson. He had on many occasions called on them to assist in road accident cases and had always found St. John members ready to help and never wanting in kindness. courtesy or efficiency. Commissioner H. Barden, who was very thrilled with the response added that he thought it was due to the high esteem in which the Brigade in Hastings is held.
Napier Members Trained as Air Attendants
A course for air attendants, the first of its kind in New Zealand has recently been concluded by the Napier sub-centre of the St. John Ambulance Association.
In this course selected members of the brigade were given special instructions on caring for sick and infirm persons being carried by aircraft.
The course was conducted in Napier by Divisional Surgeon Dr. Russell, who is an experienced pilot. Dr. Russell was a pilot in the R.A.F. during the last war, and holds English certificates for gliding and soaring.
It was largely due to his enthusiasm that the scheme was started in Hawke’s Bay.
The course was planned in England. Lectures were given on effects of altitude on the body; selection of patients for travel by air; preparation and equipment for flight; routine care of patients in flight; tropical medicine and hygiene – inocculations[inoculations] and vaccinations, emergency midwifery.
It is an application of home nursing and first aid to air travel.
About 25 members took the course of lectures. These will later sit an examination, when the papers arrive from England. They will be given a ﬂying test to find out their suitability for the work.
When candidates have qualified there will be, for the first time in New Zealand, trained attendants to care for patients being transported by air.