Emergency Action

  • Immediately raise the alarm, notify a warden or dial 000 if necessary
  • Remove any persons in immediate danger and keep others away if safe to do so
  • First aiders should assess the situation and administer the necessary first aid
  • Remain calm and remember DRSABCD – Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, Chest Compressions, Defibrillate
  • Wardens should assist First Aiders and act on further instructions from the Chief Warden
  • Only move the person if they are in immediate danger
  • If an ambulance has been called, send a person out to wait for the ambulance outside the building entrance or street location
  • A partial evacuation may be considered in order to maintain the dignity of the person being treated

After the Emergency

  • If first aid was administered, complete a first aid treatment form
  • Complete an incident form


After each emergency all ECO and EPC members shall meet and participate in a Debrief.

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Types of Medical Incidents

Medical incidents can occur suddenly and without warning and can encompass a wide range of incidents such as:

  • heart episodes
  • airway blockages
  • seizures
  • lacerations
  • falls
  • injuries
  • burns
  • broken bones


Remember to always make a thorough assessment of the situation you are presented with and seek to deal with it calmly and effectively. A clear and rational approach will help allay fear and provide you with a frame of mind that will enable you to deal adequately with the emergency.

In preparing for Code Blue incidents, the assessment of training and equipment needs to be considered against the risks identified. This could include the type of first aid kits available or the availability of an AED.