Red Cross Holds Basic First Aid Training in San Pedro

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

The Belize Red Cross, in coordination with the San Pedro Red Cross volunteers conducted a basic first aid training session on Ambergris Caye. The training took place upstairs of Fido's Courtyard on Saturday, May 19th and saw the participation of 30 community members. The training was facilitated by Red Cross Instructors Delcy Berry of Belize City and Chris Berry of Belmopan City.

During the training, participants were given an overview of basic first aid and its importance in saving lives, the Good Samaritan Law which involves obtaining consent from an injured person prior to administering first aid, methods to implement safety measures to prevent disease transmission while administering first aid, the steps to take in implementing emergency actions and administering Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and other basic first aid. The training covered written material, oral participation and hands on practical training using mannequins.

The participants included Red Cross volunteers, Special Constables, resort employees and a few students. According to Maria Angelita Magaña from the Belize Red Cross, the all-day training was successful and the participation was overwhelming. Each participant that completed the day's training will receive a certificate of participation on June 4th at the regular Monday night’s working session of the Red Cross in San Pedro.

Anyone wishing to be a part of the San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Red Cross or a part of the First Responders Team can contact Laurie Norton at 600-0837.

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