CareFlight classes on offer to emergency services this weekend

CareFlight will host workshops which simulate real-world emergency situations to help first responders better prepare for disaster.

Local emergency service personnel are invited to the CareFlight Community Education MediSim trauma care workshop this Saturday, November 28 at the SES Fairfield Unit in Canley Vale.

The one-of-a-kind free event features lifelike mannequins, simulated accident scenarios and specially-designed simulation equipment to aid in the recreation of a high-pressure, hands-on environment to ensure the training is realistic, applicable and helps to improve participants' ability to connect learning to real-world situations.

Participants will be taught life-saving skills and brush up on their teamwork, leadership, situational awareness and communication skills in traumatic scenarios.

CareFlight MediSim manager Eliza Charlett said everyone should have the opportunity to be trained and equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to respond to emergencies and help save lives.

"Our suite of medical simulation-based workshops aim to build a robust chain of integrated medical care nationwide," she said.

"First responders do an incredible job for their community and can be called and at the scene of an accident before additional medical help arrives.

"Through our partnership with local organisations, health services and emergency services, we are reinforcing the links in the chain of survival by ensuring that a hospital-level of care is available as soon as an incident occurs.

"This workshop is a timely necessity for the emergency services within the Fairfield LGA. Off the back of an incredibly difficult lockdown and tight restrictions, CareFlight is delighted to be investing into the community ahead of the uptick in activity during the summer season. Our aim is to empower locals with lifesaving skills and essential inter-agency collaboration for the ultimate goal of creating a safer society."

CareFlight's Community Education workshops are coordinated by experienced doctors, paramedics and nurses who train first responders.

Participants include members from the State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service.