To further the training that medical professionals were provided with earlier in the month, the Red Cross and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) have taken two days out of their busy schedule to train 46 people living in and around San Pedro Town with first aid skills. Â Earlier in the month, Canadian charity Bandage International visited Belize to train medical professionals with better life-saving skills. Â Now an additional community of first aid responders has been developed.
On November 20th and 21st, NEMO and BelizeÂs Red Cross spent two days at FidoÂs Courtyard. Â The event was an important step towards more people in the community having first aid skills that could save lives and minimize the trauma that people suffer if they fall ill or have an accident. Â Various members from the local community attended, including law enforcement officers, public officers and a variety of local resort personnel.
Local NEMO Coordinator, Jeromey Timrose Augustin, said: ÂFirst aid is given by trained First Aiders until professional help arrives. Â This is basically to render assistance to an injured person in an attempt to avoid a casualty. Â Targeted participants were from the resorts, hotels, dive shops, airlines, boat handlers, Town Council sanitation engineers, teachers, police officers, firemen, transport officer, administrators and health workers, all who can play a key role in an emergency.Â
The two-day event was just one of a plethora of activities that NEMO conducts in a bid to ensure that as many first responders are on the island as possible. Â It means that, in the case of an emergency, there are trained personnel on site to help prevent the loss of life. Â During the course, Augustin revealed that many topics were covered, including what to do in the case of choking or burns. Â Methods of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) were showcased and practiced, whilst those in attendance were also shown how to safely remove trapped casualties from vehicles.
In total, 46 people from the local community were involved, with each individual receiving a certificate on completion of the two-day course. Â ItÂs hoped that with far more emergency responders and first aid-trained professionals on the island, people can have peace of mind that should something go wrong, there are trained experts within the vicinity to help.