Dial 000 in an emergency

PARENTS are being urged to teach their children to dial 000 in an emergency, as it may save their lives this winter holiday period.

Queensland Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner North Coast Region Chris Broomfield said children as young as two years old had successfully made 000 calls.

“QAS has the latest in communication technology and we are able to trace the address when the call is from a landline. So even if a child cannot give us all the details, we can still send an ambulance to them,” he said.

Mr Broomfield said teaching a child to dial 000 in an emergency was very simple.

Current computer technology means that, in most cases, the ambulance will already be on its way while the operator is still talking to you.

If necessary, the operator will continue to gather information from you or give you specific pre-arrival instructions and first aid advice to help the patient.

Mr Broomfield said a great way parents can encourage their children to learn how to be confident about calling 000 was via the new online interactive game, Triple Zero Kid’s Challenge.

“The Triple Zero Kid’s Challenge is an online computer game which uses colourful, animated characters in nine interactive scenarios to provide lessons to children on the confident and appropriate use of triple zero,” he said.

“The game is designed as a fun way for children to learn how to use triple zero.

“Calling triple zero can mean the difference between life and death. And I encourage all families to sit down and discuss what to do in the event of an emergency.”

The game can be accessed at primary schools or at home via the website Triple Zero.

Gympie Times


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