Karajini rescue a joint effort by emergency services

Press Release

The Western Australian bush can be a tough place.

That’s why St John WA is thrilled to be able to partner with so many other services when an emergency call comes from a remote area.

On Sunday, a woman hiking in Karajini National Park was bitten by a snake, and anyone who knows Karajini will understand this was no standard rescue.

The woman was at the bottom of a rocky gorge, and luckily a GP was nearby to help with first aid.

To get the patient to safety, a joint effort between WA Police, the SES, local rangers, and of course St John crews, saw her carried up a steep incline.

Officers reassured the patient along the way before she was taken to Tom Price District Hospital by St John ambulance.

It was just another example of team work making the dream work in our State’s most remote parts, and the woman is expected to make a full recovery.

The St John First Responder app allows qualified first aiders in Western Australia to sign up and become a registered first responder. If a nearby emergency occurs (in a public place within 500 meters), you will be notified and given the opportunity to assist until the ambulance arrives.

 To become a first aid responder, you will need to provide evidence of having completed a first aid course within the last three years.

 The St John Ambulance First Responder is a free app  that is compatible with iPhones, iPads and android devices. It is available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. You can find out more about how to use the app in our First Aid Responder App Guide.

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