This long summer of bushfires has had a profound impact.
“I was struggling a bit before Christmas, and I’m sure when the season is finally put to bed there will be a lot of reflection and debrief. I know some of my crew are also needing time to talk, and that is scheduled in.
“As a Crew Leader I am responsible for my crew to make sure they are okay. Having done Mental Health First Aid with Red Cross I have some extra tools in the toolkit to assist me.”
Those extra tools work both ways, adding additional value to her work as a first aid trainer.
“I am a First Aider, I have no paramedical or medical background so I like to relate real-life experiences and have my students share theirs, when comfortable, to reinforce that we can all do this.
“Every situation is different and brings its own unique challenges, and each time I learn something about myself, my skills, and how to make improvements, and also bring that to my training.”
Kylie teaches first aid in NSW’s Maitland and Tamworth regions. Running courses from Provide First Aid through to her favourites, Advanced First Aid and Provide First Aid in remote situations.
“I work on the philosophy that people learning first aid need to be emergency managers. They are dealing with critical situations and have to be calm and coordinated and able to keep others around them calm and in control.
“The by-product of that is it helps build community resilience – if key people in a group can take control, there are better outcomes for all involved.”
Kylie is described by colleagues as an outstanding trainer, and human being. We couldn’t agree more and thank her for her incredible dedication and work in her day job and volunteering.