Community Services are the Backbone of St. John Ambulance
First Aid training and Community Service Volunteers are the cornerstone of St John Ambulance.
Funds from training go back into your community through the work of our Community Service Volunteers. St. John Ambulance Community Services are comprised of First Aid services at community gatherings, sporting and recreational events throughout the province. St John volunteers are trained to high standards and participate in a variety of volunteer programs. St. John Alberta core community services include:
First Aid Response
First Aid Volunteers are trained to the level of Medical First Responder – a one week course that covers more advanced knowledge and skills than the Standard First Aid prerequisite.
You participate by attending sporting events, festivals, concerts, and other community events and provide First Aid as needed It’s also a great way to meet new friends, develop leadership skills, help people, help your community, and have fun.
Baby First – Parent CPR Program
This program teaches parents and caregivers of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Alexandra Hospital how to perform CPR on their baby should they need it upon taking the baby home from the hospital. These sessions are taught by St John Instructors.
Other programs that make up our community services:
Therapy Dog Program
A Therapy Dog team is made up of handler and their dog. After an evaluation to see if the dog is a match for the program, the successful teams receive an orientation and then visit their selected site. The commitment is for a regular visit at the chosen site determined by the handler and the community services coordinator. The time just flies by, according to our volunteers.
Child Safety Seat Program
Volunteers deliver a free two- hour session to parents and / or caregivers on the occupant restraint law in Alberta and how to install your child’s safety seat properly.
This volunteer opportunity is for variety of ongoing, or one time, positions which include office support, guest speaker, mascot, Fellowship, museum interpreter, archives and fundraising assistance.
Community Emergency Support Unit
This program is for you if you are emotionally and physically able to help out after an emergency situation occurs using a variety of skills and if you have a flexible schedule, can be available on short notice and are willing to travel within Alberta.
It made me feel lucky to have the life I have and it also made me happy to see that I could make a difference with my skillsDirk Chisholm