New Mile End Training Facility

Due to the recent closure of CPA Group Adelaide (formerly State Training Services) we have received an influx of requests for public training courses in Adelaide CBD. Australian Fire & First Aid are pleased to announce that they have secured the use of a regular training room at Santos Stadium (Netball SA) Mile End, with plenty of parking this easy to find iconic sporting location is sure to be very popular with our customers.

Please note that Australian Fire and First Aid are more than happy to assist any former CPA Group or State Training Services client with public courses in all first aid disciplines including Apply First Aid, Basic First Aid, CPR, Occupational First Aid & Remote first aid. We are also offering Manual Handling, Warden, Chief Warden, Extinguisher and Evacuation Training publicly.

Until 2013 Australian Fire & First Aid had exclusively provided Private Tailored Corporate Training Courses. Now smaller corporate groups and members of the public have the opportunity to train with the team that the big companies turn to, to get the best and latest WHS training practises.  We look forward to sharing this next chapter with you all and updating with course dates and times in the near future. If you would like further information on our training courses please contact us using the contact form below.

Total Fire Ban affecting your training schedule?

South Australian businesses will suffer the inconvenience today of having scheduled fire training cancelled due to the total fire ban across the state, unless you are a customer of Australian Fire & First Aid. We are the only company in SA to provide digital fire training and therefore the only ones who can proceed with scheduled training on a total fire ban day.

Often it can be a logistical feat to coordinate schedules for any type of training, a feat that quickly turns to frustration should training be cancelled by your provider when it rains or becomes extremely hot like today’s predicted 40c weather in Adelaide.

Australian Fire & First Aid are the only providers of Weather friendly, Environmentally friendly, WHS friendly digital fire training in South Australia. With the use of our Bullex Bullseye Digital Training system, we can train indoors or out, using laser and or water extinguishers. No nasty chemicals, no C02 and no need to cancel due to bad weather.

Click HERE for more information on our digital fire training system or contact our booking team via email on info@affa.net.au

We hope our customers enjoy training in the air conditioning today, we know our staff sure appreciate it!

 

Tailored training for Wine Industry, Fleurieu SA

Do you work in the wine industry in SA? Need Fire or First Aid training? Maxwell Wines of McLaren Vale are hosting a tailored CPR update, First Aid Training session and full Fire Training course (warden, extinguisher & evacuation) tailored to deal with the specifics of the wine industry this month and the courses are open to all workers in the SA wine industry.

For pricing and further information, please click the link below which will take you to the McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association Newsletter. MVGWT members receive a discount. To make a booking please email jo@maxwellwines.com.au or info@affa.net.au

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE INFORMATION

Launch of our new WHS Vlog

Our highly successful WHS blog is being turned into a Vlog and housed on our YouTube Channel so you can meet some of the members of our team. Our clips will soon be ready but there is one question we are being asked daily at the moment and we did’t think Australia could wait any longer, so we filmed a quick clip in the office using our energy saving toshiba laptops. The number one question we are currently asked is ‘Will fire training be compulsory under WHS’? If you’d like to know the answer simply click on the clip below!

Emergency Response Drills

Formerly known as Evacuation Training our EMERGENCY RESPONSE DRILLS are fast gaining popularity as the best way to test the skills of your staff in a realistic, industry specific emergency scenario undertaken at your premises.

How many times has the alarm gone off, everyone grumbles at the interruption to their day and file like sheep out the door or down the stairs?

 

 

What do you think they would do if there was a fire in the kitchen that they could see a glow from and hear being extinguished?

What if the emergency exit was blocked with a heart attack patient?

Maybe a crying child who has lost its mother is in your store at the time?

Laboratory explosion? . . . . No worries!

At Australian Fire & First Aid we are experts at simulating realistic emergency scenarios with the use of simple props, signs, simulated fires, dummy humans and so much more. If you want to give your safety team and your staff a shakeup then we are the people you have been looking for. Emergency scenarios can be as simple or complex as you like and we incorporate and evaluate the responses of all of your trained emergency personnel such as first aiders.

A debrief session is held immediately after with the wardens and other appropriate personnel and a full written report of the incident is provided to your business to table at the next OHS meeting.

For more information call us in our Adelaide Head Office on (08) 8596 4243 or download information now from our website HERE

 

Daylight savings, time to change your smoke alarm batteries!

It’s that time of year again folks when we change our clocks for daylight saving and remind you all that it’s time to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms with new batteries. For those of you who forget to do it over the weekend here is your friendly reminder to pop into the shops on your way home tonight and pick up some fresh replacements.

 

 

We’ve been wondering what our friends in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory do to remind themselves it’s time to change their batteries. Feel free to leave us a comment and let us know!

 

Don’t forget alkaline batteries can be placed in your normal rubbish bin but other types need to be disposed of more safely. You can deposit other types of used batteries at your nearest Battery World Store

Burning down the house?

It’s no secret that the first week Australian Fire & First Aid moved to their new premises in early 2011, Mrs P almost burned down the kitchen. To be fair it wasn’t her fault, a brand new recently installed electric hotplate had a short in the wiring. The resulting large bang (now referred to as the explosion for the sake of a good story), the smoke and sparks sent Mrs P running to the storage area for one of the many extinguishers we keep on hand here at AFFA.  We were lucky that not only did we have the right equipment on hand for an electrical fire but that Mrs P was able to identify the fire type, select the right extinguisher and correctly use it to put out the fire. We were also extremely lucky that the cause was not a grease fire, the most common type of fire to occur in kitchens as we had not yet installed our fire blanket – it lay virtually useless on the bottom shelf of the pantry.

How many of you have done the right thing and bought yourself a fire blanket to keep in the kitchen, garage, workshop or workplace? Great quite a few if recent sales statistics are to be believed. Now hands up those of you have actually INSTALLED your fire blanket? Yes install it, that’s right you need to do more with these babies than just bring them home and chuck them on a shelf somewhere.

How to correctly install a fire blanket

What you need

1) A fire blanket which meets Australian Standard

2) A bare piece of wall at chest height

3) A drill or screw driver

4) Some screws and wall plugs

Instructions

First select a piece of wall in or near the area you wish to install the blanket.

Ensure you have room to move around the blanket, 1 metre square is preferable.

Check the area where you would like to install the blanket to ensure there are no obstacles at ground level such as stored items or rubbish bins that you may trip over during an emergency.

Make sure there is a direct clear path to the most likely source of fire from the spot of installation.

Never install the blanket on the back of a door, one emergency at a time is enough to deal with, we don’t want you getting squished behind any doors.

Ideally the best height is chest height of the person who uses the area most; in the case of a shared use area it is best to err on the too high side. The blanket needs to be high enough for the warden/responder to pull down firmly on the tabs to release the blanket from its housing. The lower part of the tabs should be between chin and chest height for the majority of users for the area of installation.

Insert screws into eyelets in blanket housing and then fix to wall at appropriate height. Do not hang blanket on hooks or similar this is dangerous (can cause gouge injuries) and is not strong enough to hold the blanket housing when the blanket is trying to be released in an emergency

Common Problems

Blanket is not secure and comes off wall when tabs are pulled – to avoid this try locating a support beam within the wall, at the correct height to fix the screws into or use wall mates or wall plugs to help fix the screws into the wall more securely.

When I pull the blanket isn’t released – the blanket is most likely too low. Securing the blanket at a greater height allows you to use more inertia and more of your arm and shoulder muscles to pull down quickly and firmly to release the blanket.

How often do we lull ourselves into a false sense of security by just making the purchase? You see what we did was about as useful as buying Norton Anti Virus for your computer and never installing it. If you have a fire blanket, first aid kit, extinguisher or smoke alarm in your house or business, take 5 minutes right now to make sure it is correctly installed or stored. Don’t wait until there is an emergency to find out if your safety products are useful.

This picture is of Mrs P’s installed fire blanket in the pantry at home. It is installed quite high as all the residents in this house are tall.

If you found this post useful your may want to check back in the near future for similar posts.

Coming soon: Money down the sink – How to properly store your first aid kit, Shouldering the weight – Are your extinguishers correctly installed or are you a shoulder injury waiting to happen?