Could you help in an emergency?

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Nicholas and Wendy Calabria had only recently completed their first aid training with St John Ambulance when a stranger collapsed near them.

They were able to put their newly acquired skills to use, helping to save the person’s life.

The patient, whose family insists would not have made it without the Calabria’s swift intervention, is now recovering.

“Because the training was so fresh in our minds we just went into autopilot,” Wendy said.

“The most important thing we did was to manage the scene, and keep the person calm to prevent shock.”

Nicholas said it was “a matter of luck” that he and Wendy were there when the incident occurred.

“We are so grateful to St John and our trainer, Rick, for giving us the skills and confidence to act quickly,” he said.

St John Ambulance is celebrating 140 years of first aid training in Australia, providing individuals with the confidence to assist in the case of a health or medical emergency and the ability to potentially save lives in crisis.

A survey found that 73 per cent of Australians have witnessed a health or medical emergency, but 53 per cent say they don’t feel confident in their ability to administer first aid.

St John Ambulance Tasmania chief operating officer Andrew Paynter said it would be wonderful if emergencies only happened in the presence of medical professionals.

“However, the uncomfortable truth is that they can happen anywhere, anytime,” he said.

“St John has been helping Australian communities stay safe through first aid for 140 years, and here at St John Tasmania it is our mission to make every Tasmanian safer by equipping them with essential life-saving skills.”

For more information about first aid courses visit www.

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