New trauma kits
15 NSW boardrider clubs have recently been presented with state-of-the-art trauma first aid kits designed for use in the event of an emergency.
Among the clubs who will benefit from the kits are North Avalon and North Narrabeen in Pittwater.
The custom kits were designed in collaboration with Surfing NSW staff and include equipment to deal with immediate trauma, bleeding control, hypothermia, fracture management and minor wounds.
Surfers Rescue 24/7 coordinator at Surfing NSW, Matt Lawson, said that surfers are often first to respond to surf zone incidents at unpatrolled or regional beaches.
“If immediate first aid is required as a result of a shark attack, fin chop, or propeller injury we can help to reduce serious injury or preserve life while paramedics are on the way," Mr Lawson said.
TacMed Paramedics and Military Medics developed the trauma kits with approved equipment that is used by military, law enforcement and ambulance agencies globally.
An online training course will supplement the kits and all surfers across NSW have access to free first aid training through the Surfers Rescue 24/7 program.