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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 1 (May 1, 1928)

Railway Ambulance Classes at Wellington and Petone

page 48

Railway Ambulance Classes at Wellington and Petone

Ability to render first aid, not only in the course of their daily work but in their homes, is being regarded by an ever-increasing number of railwaymen as a necessary part of their training. Whenever and whereover first aid classes are formed within the service there is seldom lacking that liberal measure of support which ensures success.

This fact was exemplified when the Wellington and Petone first aid classes were formed last March. No less than 295 members were enrolled for these classes—applications for enrolment coming in from places as distant as Upper Hutt, Trentham, and Kaitoke. Out of the above enrolments, eight classes were formed—six in Wellington and two in Petone.

Owing to difficulty in securing a sufficient number of text books (a supply having to be procured from England) the actual work of the classes did not commence until September. The delay, however, did not seriously lessen the enthusiasm of members, the gratifying total of 183 attending one or more of the lectures. Of this number, 66 completed the course and sat for the examinations. These were held in Wellington during December last, Dr. Shirer, Wellington, and Dr. Harding, Petone, being the examining officers, and only two failures were recorded.

The lecturer at the Wellington classes was Dr. L. A. Line (four classes) and Dr. Palmer (two classes). At Petone the lecturer was Dr. Hutchison, who had charge of two classes.

Instruction in practical work (bandaging, etc.) in the Wellington classes was given by twelve nurses from the various divisions of the St. John Ambulance Association, similar instruction being given to the Petone classes by two male members of the Association. This instruction was all given both voluntarily and gratuitously.

The action of the Department in affording members of the classes every facility to acquire a practical knowledge of ambulance work has been greatly appreciated.