Do I need remote first aid?

Remote first aid is a course designed for those who live or work in remote areas where emergency medical assistance is not readily available. Delivered over a 2 day face to face course (2 days x 7 hours plus breaks) in addition to extra medical training Remote First Aid covers a variety of relevant legislation, Australian Standards and legal requirements. Private, corporate, industry specific courses are easily arranged for Remote First Aid HLTSS302-412

remote-first-aid-adelaide-australia-mining-corporate-privateAt Australian Fire & First Aid are people are our difference. Don’t hire an external provider, employ a training partner.


For information please visit the REMOTE FIRST AID tab here on our website

For course bookings please call John on  0431301872 or email him via the contact form below.

Book First Aid Courses Online September 2013

You can now book Apply First Aid Courses online through our online safety store

Public training in South Australia will be held at the conference facilities at Netball SA Stadium, 155 Railway Terrace, Mile End.

Courses are limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Available booking dates are online now, the next available course is Thursday September 19, 2013.

Keep an eye on the Work Health Safety Store website for more dates and courses.


Click HERE to look up course dates

Living Social Deal – Infant First Aid

Have you been keen to do one of our private Infant First Aid Courses but haven’t had the money, time or enough available friends to get a group together?

Well today is your lucky day!

To celebrate the newest addition to our family (our niece Pepper) we are helping families all over Adelaide be as prepared as possible for everything and anything parenthood might throw at them by offering our Award Winning Infant First Aid Course and access to our online Infant First Aid App for only $69 (normally $145)

The courses are redeemable on Saturday mornings during Feb, March, April & May in 3 locations Mawson Lakes, Mile End & Morphett Vale. For more information check out the voucher on Living Social

Pepper Mary (seen here in big brother Ethan’s arms) was born on Wednesday January 18, 2012 weighing 6lbs 9oz

Welcome to the World Miss Pepper

Online Safety Store

Our online safety store is now open for business selling our top 5 products. Over the coming days and weeks we will continue to add all of our available retail items such as First Aid Kits, Safety Personnel Identification, Fire Blankets, Safety Products, Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Products such as signage, posters and stickers will all soon be available.



Right now you can purchase our top 5 selling items, to see what they are click on the link and visit the store the now!




Infant First Aid

We are still updating and loading all the pages onto our new website. Today we finished the page for our Infant First Aid course, Australian Fire & First Aid are the only company in SA who conduct Infant First Aid.



Thanks to our friend Philly from Sweet Chilli Philly Photography for use of the image ‘Holly in Daddy’s Hands’. For information on our infant first aid course please view the dedicated course page HERE on our website. Please note Infant First Aid is suitable for parents, grandparents and babysitters of babies and young children in a NON professional setting. This course is not suitable for those in the Child Care industry.

We’re back online!

Thank you all for your patience yesterday with the email situation. We are now back online and receiving emails at our domain. Please remember that we have no way of retrieving emails which were sent yesterday September 21st, 2011, please resend your emails now. We’re not ignoring you, we promise!

A huge THANK YOU to Nick, the website ninja, from Quisk Design for sorting out the problem so quickly for us. We use Quisk for various things across all of our companies including logo design, web design, flyers, banners, promotional items, magazines and more. If you are looking for a local SA company who can truly partner your business and meet your marketing concept and design needs, you need to talk to Quisk Design, located at Jetty Road, Glenelg (08) 8350 0088

Website under construction (email issues)

Dear Valued Customers,

This website is still under construction, we are taking this opportunity to review all of our documents and information to ensure it is current and correct. Each of our training courses and safety services has its own page with a downloadable PDF document explaining in detail what the course/service entails. If you are unable to locate the information you require please call our office on (08) 8596 4243

Due to technical issues arising from the set up of this new website our company emails are temporarily unavailable and will be for the next 48 hours. We are still able to send emails however we are unable to receive them.

Any emails which have been sent today (Wednesday September 21st) are not retrievable and will need to be resent next week.

If you need to contact us in writing urgently you can send emails t0 (address removed) for the next 48 hours only.

All phone lines, mobile phones, Facebook, twitter and of course our blog are operational and we can be contacted via any of these mediums.

Charlene 0417 083 599
Mark 0413 463 790
Office (08) 8596 4243


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


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?

Dental First Aid

Recently our youngest child engaged in a feat more suited to a trained circus professional than a toddler and the result was not pretty. A knocked out tooth, much blood, a hysterical mother and the question, ‘Why isn’t dental care included in infant first aid courses’?

You’ll be pleased to know we have now added dental care to our infant first aid course. The course is designed for parents and carers of young children in a non professional care setting. We aim to cover the top emergency health issues parents and carers face with young children including, choking, drowning, burns, CPR, severe cuts, broken bones, eye injuries and of course dental emergencies.

We asked our dentist friend Dr Nicki to confirm if our knowledge of what to do in a dental emergency was up to date and we were pleased to know it was. So what exactly do you do when you child or another person breaks or knocks out a tooth?

Broken Teeth
In the case of a clean break try to locate the missing piece of tooth, wash in warm water and place in a sealed plastic bag or container with a little bit of milk or saline and head straight for the nearest emergency dental clinic. Most often if only a portion of the tooth has been broken the patient will feel little to no pain, this does not mean however that there has not been any damage below the surface to the root or gum, a broken tooth or teeth should always be treated as a dental emergency and as such the patient should be looked at immediately. If you live in a rural area or other region where an emergency dental clinic is not available the patient should be taken to the nearest hospital emergency room. In cases where a clean break has occurred the tooth may be able to be repaired using the broken piece.

Knocked out tooth
If a tooth is completely knocked out try to locate it and pick it up by the part that you would normally see when the patient smiles. Do not touch the root of the tooth or try to clean away any skin, dirt or other materials from the tooth or root. Place the tooth in a clean, sealed bag or container (a plastic lunch bag works just fine) with a little milk or saline solution and proceed to the nearest emergency dental clinic or hospital emergency room. Quite often when a tooth has been knocked out or partially knocked out a lot of blood can be produced. If the patient is old enough, have them bite down on gauze or similar to stem the flow of blood. Water can be used to rinse and spit periodically whilst waiting for medical attention. Never ask the patient to lay back when bleeding orally as they may choke on the excess fluid. If the patient is not old enough to bite down on gauze (as was the case with our daughter) offer room temperature water and encourage the child to spit the water out, comfort the child as best as possible and seek immediate assistance from an emergency dental clinic or hospital emergency room.

Be Sure
If you did not witness the cause of the dental emergency, particularly where younger children are involved, it is always recommended to head directly to a hospital emergency room as the first option. The patient may have sustained concussion or other facial injuries such as facial fractures which may not be obvious to the naked eye. If in doubt, avoid the dental clinic and head straight for the hospital.

If you have any safety questions that you would like answered please feel free to send them to us via our email address

Miss H showing her pearly whites before the accident.

Welcome to the new Australian Fire & First Aid Website

Welcome to the Australian Fire & First Aid Blog. Over the coming weeks we will be migrating information from our existing flash driven website located at to this site which will eventually use the domain name. We are moving our site for several reasons, firstly wordpress is a much more mobile friendly platform and in this current day and age where everyone has a mobile internet device we feel it is the smartest move any business can make. Our current flash driven site takes sometime to load and can be frustrating for those who have slow or weak internet connectivity. Customers have told us they have shut their browser in frustration waiting for pages on our site to load. We had planned a major overhaul of the existing site for some time to so we thought why not take the opportunity to create the site all over with a fresher format and the opportunity to add a blog! We will also be adding an online store to sell safety products such as warden hats, safety cords, high visibility clothing and more.

We plan to use our blog to update you all on current trends in the safety industry, to advise of changes to laws that may affect you and to provide articles of interest. If you have a question you would like answered regarding Fire Training, First Aid Training, Safety Training or Safety Services please drop as a line at and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have.