Since its inception in 2010, the Australian Security Medals Foundation Inc. (ASMF) has been honouring exceptional individuals in the security industry, while also working to enhance the perceptions of the industry amongst the broader community. During this time, the ASMF has acknowledged the meritorious efforts of security officers in applying critical first aid.
In order to formally recognise these efforts, ASMF and St John Ambulance Australia have formed a strategic alliance. This partnership will see the St John ‘Save a Life Award’ leveraged to recognise security officers from across Australia who contribute towards saving someone’s life through the application of first aid.
Security officers are often the first responders in a diverse range of emergency situations. Their first aid capabilities and the practical application of such skills, frequently result in the saving of lives.
St John Ambulance Australia (established in 1883), is a self-funded, charitable organisation with around 4,700 volunteers nationally. In addition to its charitable work, St John is also Australia’s largest first aid training provider, delivering training to almost half a million people nationally each year.
St John National First Aid Services Manager, Paul Compton explained “The St John Save a Life Award may be awarded to a person who contributes, through the application of first aid skills (e.g. resuscitation, use of a defibrillator, stopping severe bleeding), to saving the life of another person. Whilst calling an ambulance or seeking other medical assistance can contribute to saving the life, these actions are not regarded as first aid skills for the purpose of this award.”
This unique partnership between the ASMF and St John will help to recognise our industry’s security officers who face the daily potential of making critical decisions, or taking action to save a life or property. Whilst these professionals don’t seek accolades or recognition, the ‘Save a Life Award’ is a way in which the community can support those who demonstrate the very best in security professionalism.
The ASMF is now seeking nominations of security officers who may be eligible for the St John ‘Save a Life Award’. It is also calling for nominations for ‘2014 Security Medal of Valour’ and the ‘2014 Australian Security Medal’. Further information is available on the website, www.inspiringsecurity.com