Chance to learn first aid

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RESIDENTS are being urged to equip themselves with the skills needed to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved by attending a St John Ambulance community first aid course.

Research by the nation’s leading first aid charity shows nearly two thirds of people wouldn’t feel confident enough to try and save a life in an emergency and a quarter would do nothing and wait for an ambulance to arrive or hope that a passer-by knows first aid.

St John Ambulance is committed to ensuring no-one dies unnecessarily because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.

That’s why the charity’s Horsham unit is organising a series of emergency life support first aid courses over the next six months.

The half day courses will be held at the Horsham division’s HQ at 35 Victoria Street, on May 28, September 24 and November 26.

The courses will cover the main emergency first aid scenarios including:

How to resuscitate an adult, child or infant

How to treat severe bleeding, chest pains and unconscious casualties

How to treat a casualty who’s choking

The training will take place between 9am and 1pm and costs £20. Refreshments are included in the price and car parking is available.

Anyone interested in booking a place should contact Steve Strange on 01403 210371 or email steve.strange@sussex.sja.org.uk

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The closing dates for registering for each course are 7 May, 3 September and 5 November.

Those who successfully complete the course will receive an Emergency Aid first aid certificate valid for three years.

Anyone over the age of 12 can attend though under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Divisional president Trevor Vaughan said: “You never know when you may need first aid. It could be in the home, at work or just out and about.

“These courses provide you with the skills, confidence and ability to save a life. If every street across the country had just one first aider a big difference could be made.

“We’re working to make sure that access to first aid training is a basic right.”

St John Ambulance has more than 1,000 adult volunteers and more than 700 youth members in Sussex. To find out more about volunteering or fundraising please call 01273 371 500 or visit www.sja.org.uk