Snake bite in Winston Hills

Published: 12th January 2009

Today firefighters from Northmead, who were staffing a community education display at Winston Hills Shopping Centre, assisted with an unusual request when a member of the public approached the stand for assistance for a woman who had just been bitten by a snake. While one firefighter went to the fire engine to retrieve the first aid kit, the rest of the crew discovered that a snake handler, who was running a reptile display at the shopping centre, had been bitten by her prize six foot python. While pythons are not venomous, firefighters sterilised and dressed the wound. The handler said that although she had been working with the python for 12 years, the snake would have to be retired from use in reptile shows.