The Great Southern recorded the highest increase in St John Ambulance volunteers in the past year out of any region in the State.
The region experienced a 13 per cent increase, taking the total number of volunteers to 413 community members delivering first aid services.
Katanning St John Ambulance volunteer Chris Elliot, who has been volunteering for just under seven years since arriving in the town, said helping someone during a vulnerable time was a rewarding experience.
“It takes a certain kind of person to be an ambo, so figured if I was one of those that could do the job, then why not put those skills to good use?” he said.
“What I like most about volunteering is being able to help someone in quite often a very vulnerable time.
“This flows on to the most awesome feeling you get after help-ing them, and when someone genuinely thanks you for helping them at that time of need — well you just can’t beat the satisfac-tion of knowing you made a difference.
Mr Elliot said when he moved to Katanning he was always set to volunteer in some capacity.
“When I moved to Katanning for work I joined the local sub-centre as a way of meeting people and to give back to my community,” he said.
“If I hadn’t joined St John, I would have most likely joined the local fire and rescue volunteers.
“We still stir each other up about it.
The 413 Katanning St John Ambulance volunteers make up part of the 9105 volunteers who contributed 4 million hours of service to the WA community last year.
St John Ambulance chief executive Michelle Fyfe said career and volunteer paramedics worked together to help 653,776 patients last year.
“Most days people won’t need us, but when something does go wrong, St John volunteers, alongside career paramedics in larger areas, are there to deliver lifesaving services and support to the community,” she said.