Brave Kiwi kids made more than 400 emergency 111 emergency calls between March 2016 and 2017 with 30 of them coming from young Northlanders.

Of those 410 calls, 321 of them related to life-threatening and urgent situation, such as cardiac arrest.

In late March 2016, St John began evaluating how many emergency 111 calls came from children and Community Health Services director Sarah Manley, says the results are heartening.

“From our perspective, the fact that 410 children under 16 knew what number and service to call in an emergency is impressive.

“These days children watch a lot of international online and television productions where emergency numbers are not 111, so it’s very reassuring to know that the message is getting through and, at times of extreme stress, children know what number to call and can access life-saving St John services.”

While the call-takers did not always specifically ask the callers for their age, they are trained to determine when a child is on the phone and can assess a situation verbally so that the right service gets to the patient at the right time.

Most (207) of the child 111 calls for an ambulance came from the Auckland region. Many of the callers described patients having all or some of the following serious symptoms: breathing problems, appearing unconscious, having chest pain, having had a fall or suffering from a seizure.