NEW COURSES: Alf Smith and Nancy Casson from Macquarie Community College at the launch of the college’s first aid and CPR training – Macquarie First Aid – in Lismore.
NEW COURSES: Alf Smith and Nancy Casson from Macquarie Community College at the launch of the college’s first aid and CPR training – Macquarie First Aid – in Lismore. Cathy Adams

College launches first aid, CPR courses in Lismore

IF A family member or friend is the victim of a medical emergency, you will wait an average of 11 agonising minutes before an ambulance arrives.

Attending a local first aid course could literally be a life saver.

Macquarie Community College, which has been offering courses for 53 years, officially launched first aid and CPR training in Lismore last month.

Former paramedic Kevin Barnes, Macquarie's founder and general manager, said Lismore was the first of many regional centres he hoped Macquarie First Aid would be established in.

The Lismore office will cover from Coffs Harbour in the south, to Tamworth, and north to the Queensland border.

"Our plan is to grow right across the state," Mr Barnes said. "We just figure that with our footprint we can get greater leverage in regional areas."

Former St John's first aid trainer Nancy Casson will step in as Macquarie's regional manager.

"This is a great opportunity to take this first step of expansion with Nancy's knowledge," Mr Barnes said. "She's got a large area to cover, but we're pretty confident with the support of our trainers she'll do very well."

Ms Casson said she was looking forward to utilising her considerable experience to ensure Macquarie's regional success.

Mr Barnes said course attendees would greatly benefit from the use of the latest training mannequins and Macquarie's modern teaching methods.

Mr Barnes said Macquarie was currently conducting courses at the Lismore Workers Club, but looking to buy premises.

He said the new office would mainly provide Macquarie's services to businesses in the region.



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