St John Ambulance

Please call 000 for all emergencies.

Cranbrook Subcentre

Located on Climie St, Cranbrook.

Training is held at the Cranbrook sub centre.

Frankland River Subcentre Branch

Located in Frankland River

Training is held at the Frankland River Hall.

General Information

St John Ambulance WA volunteers play a vital role in communities throughout Western Australia.

When you become a volunteer ambulance officer you are taking a step toward becoming one of our most precious community resources, helping to ensure that the country communities of WA have access to high quality ambulance services and pre-hospital care.

You can help make a difference in your community by volunteering. There are roles to suit all types of people, so you can be involved at a time and in a position that suits you.

"Providing a high quality ambulance service and pre-hospital care is what it is all about...”Volunteer Ambulance Officer, Collie

General Requirements to become a Volunteer Ambulance Officer

It is easy to join! To be successful you will be required to submit an application form including details required for an up to date police clearance and complete our medical questionnaire.


Volunteer ambulance officers receive the highest quality training which equips them with the essential basic and intermediate life support skills to assist them in stabilising patients en route to hospital.

St John Ambulance WA provides training at the sub centre for all volunteers and training is conducted to a level at which the volunteer will feel comfortable, confident and ready for the road.

In addition to the initial training, an ongoing skills maintenance program for volunteers is also provided at the local sub centre in cooperation with your regional training coordinator.

Different training levels are available, giving volunteers the flexibility to choose the level of training they wish to achieve.

The following courses are provided free of charge to all volunteer ambulance officers:

Level 1 – Introduction to Ambulance Care – this course trains people with senior first aid qualifications to a minimum level where they can assist qualified volunteer ambulance officers with some ambulance calls. It forms the first 16 hours (one weekend) of the Primary Ambulance Care course.
Primary Ambulance Care (PAC) Course – this 64-hour course trains people to become a volunteer ambulance officer. Participants who successfully complete the PAC course are able to stabilise most injuries in the field, as well as manage and transport ill and injured patients. This course is conducted over four (usually non consecutive) weekends.
Advanced Ambulance Care (AAC) Course – this course is available only to volunteer ambulance officers qualified in the PAC course. Conducted over two days, the AAC course reinforces skills taught in the PAC course as well as additional information and skills. Upon successful completion of the AAC course, ambulance officers are certified to use some advanced life support skills.
Volunteer Ambulance Officer Refresher Course - volunteer ambulance officers who have passed the AAC course renew their qualifications after three years by attending this refresher course conducted over one or two weekends.

St John Ambulance WA volunteers can also undertake other training courses, including volunteer skills weekends, a volunteer ambulance officer driving course, a skills knowledge and ongoing skills maintenance programme.

Fitness Requirements

Although there are no fitness requirements, a completed medical questionnaire is required as part of our volunteer recruitment process. This questionnaire will be reviewed and if any medical conditions exist, we may require clarification and sign off by your general practitioner. If a pre-existing medical condition does exist that prevents you from carrying out specific duties, we may have another volunteer role more suitable for you. To discuss this in more detail please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1800 069 393.

The application form, medical questionnaire, police clearance and more detailed information regarding the volunteer role is available in the Volunteer Information Pack.

Talk to St Johns or your local subcentre.

To find out more please don’t hesitate to call 1800 069 393 or email [email protected] who will happily discuss this exciting volunteering role with you.