St John Ambulance assistant regional superintendent Pob Potts adds another bar to his medals.
St John Ambulance assistant regional superintendent Pob Potts adds another bar to his medals. Crystal Spencer

First aid trainer 42 years on job

KINGSCLIFF volunteer Rob Potts jokes he will be lop-sided when he wears his St John Ambulance medals.

The 65-year-old received his sixth bar from the service, marking 42 years of continuous volunteer work.

Mr Potts, a first aid trainer with St John since 1968, said it is very rewarding.

“Probably the thing is the knowledge I can pass on, particularly to other people,” said Mr Potts, who has also been a professional paramedic for almost 47 years. “Even if it only saves one life, it's worth it.”

First aid training, Mr Potts said, gives people confidence to actually do something for somebody.

“It's rewarding for them and me too,” he said. “So many people want to do first aid; it's fantastic.”

Mr Potts' daughter Victoria, 27, has followed in her father's footsteps.

“She teaches teachers.

“It's funny how the role's reversed; I used to teach her and now she's teaching me the new tricks and techniques.”

Mr Potts was one of seven training officers presented with their Certificate Four in Training and Assessment in Lismore.

Other officers were Sharelle Clement and Belinda McKinnon (Kingscliff), Barbara Veling (Ballina), Len Johnston and Alf Smith (Lismore), Lola Mills (Tyagarah) and Sally Quinn (Woodenbong).



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