SA Ambulance Service has called for the community to stay safe this festive season and reminded everyone to call triple zero (000) in a medical emergency.
SA Ambulance Service Operations Manager Anthony Pryzibilla said that for the ambulance service, a quiet time was a good time.
“We want everyone to have a great time this festive season – we don’t want people spending their holidays being treated by ambulance clinicians,” he said.
“Remember, in a medical emergency call triple zero (000) for immediate medical assistance.
“Our highly trained emergency call takers can talk you through life saving first-aid while an ambulance is on the way.
Mr Pryzibilla said that people needed to remain vigilant around water and be careful of alcohol intake.
“Even though we are not expecting a hot day on Christmas Day, we still anticipate people will be swimming in pools, going to the beach or doing other water sports this Christmas; we urge the community take extra care, especially with children.
“Wear a lifejacket while boating, have a pool fence at home and swim between the flags at the beach.
“If you plan to drink, you should also plan how you are going to get home. Having a designated driver, using public transport or calling a taxi are all good options.
“We’re not saying don’t drink, we’re just saying that if you do, know what’s safe for you and stick to that limit. Also remember to re-hydrate with water in between drinks.
Mr Pryzibilla also acknowledged the effort of ambulance staff and other emergency services personnel who are working over the holiday period.
“I’d like to acknowledge our fantastic paramedics and ambulance officers, our SAAS MedSTAR doctors and nurses and our emergency operations centre staff, who are working on the public holidays to make sure everyone has a safe festive season. In particular, thanks to our dedicated group of volunteers who are giving up their time with family and friends,” he said.
Source: – Press conference:
10am, Wednesday 24 December
Anthony Pryzibilla, Operations Manager, SA Ambulance Service