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Army July 7, 2011
kiss of life
By Cfn Max Bree
CPL Karissa Sing, 12/16HRL, is
no stranger to emergency situa-
tions but she never expected to
use her Army first aid skills dur-
ing a night out.
The repair parts storeman per-
formed life-saving CPR on a man
who had collapsed at the Manilla
RSL on May 11.
An emergency admissions
clerk at Tamworth Base Hospital
in her civilian employment, Cpl
Sing and her friends were finish-
ing a night out when the incident
"We were getting ready to
leave and we heard this thud," Cpl
William Groves, 70, suffered
a heart attack and others were
attempting first aid when Cpl Sing
promptly took over after she saw
breaths administered incorrectly.
Her unit's recently conducted
first aid training was still fresh in
"I didn't think we were going
to bring him back, he was going a
funny colour," she said.
"Then I cleared his airways."
Cpl Sing commenced breaths
as her friend worked a defibrilla-
tor that was kept behind the bar.
"I gave two big breaths and
then he started coughing," she
"Then I put my hands in and
pulled out his false teeth."
An ambulance arrived soon
after and took Mr Groves to hos-
Despite her actions, Cpl Sing
was reluctant to accept much
"The manager assisted with
compressions and was very dis-
tressed," Cpl Sing said.
"He came up and thanked me
but it was a team effort.
"You don't hear of many peo-
ple doing it and now I've done it.
Apparently it's a big deal."
Cpl Sing said Mr Groves
would soon undergo heart surgery.
Emergency situation: Cpl Karissa Sing's first aid training with 12/16HRL
came in handy when she helped save a man after he collapsed at the Manilla
RSL on May 11.
By LCpl Mark Doran
KAPOOKA'S soldiers will benefit
from the new $9m health centre
at Blamey Barracks, which was
officially opened on May 9.
As part of the $100m Enhanced
Land Force (ELF) project, the facil-
ity is designed to provide state-of-
the-art medical and dental support
for ARTC staff and recruits.
ARTC Ops Officer Capt Lynn
Harding said the plan for the facili-
ty was a collaboration of ideas from
ARTC medical staff, architects and
representatives at Defence support.
"The layout of the centre is
user-friendly with an open-plan
reception and other improvements,
including a staff lounge/meeting
room, a covered outdoor area for
recruits awaiting block immunisa-
tions and a sealed quarantine wait-
ing area for patients with poten-
tially contagious conditions," Capt
The ELF project is still pro-
gressing at Kapooka, with works
continuing on a new WTTS, which
will double the number of firing-
lanes, the Digger James platoon
facilities upgrade and the gymna-
sium's new undercover area.
A new main supply route is being
constructed around the base and the
front entrance to Blamey Barracks
is being redesigned and will include
a secure visitors' car park.
The use of regional contractors
has been an emphasis of the ELF
project, which has provided ben-
efits to the Wagga Wagga region.
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