PRC celebrates World First Aid Day 2011
The Philippine Red Cross joins the 186 other Red Cross and Red Crescent societies across the globe in different parts of the world in celebration of the World First Aid Day on September 11, 2011 with the theme First Aid for All.
World First Aid Day was organized by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in 2000 to heighten global awareness on the importance of first aid skills in saving lives in everyday crisis.
The PRC highlights the celebration by strengthening its partnership with various stakeholders, including government and non-government organizations, to organize first aiders in the workplace. Discussions are in progress with Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to include road safety and first aid training as a requirement in getting driver's license.
PRC chapters will be intensifying its recruitment and training in schools and barangays.
"First aid is a core activity for the PRC and we are happy to note that there is a steady increase in the number volunteer first aiders providing services and training to others," said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon, adding, "our objective is to have first aider in every home."
The Safety Services of the PRC is charged with the task of securing the health and safety of Filipinos on a national level. To successfully carry out these tasks, the Safety Services program includes training in First Aid, Basic Life Support – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Accident Prevention.
For 2010, PRC Safety Services was able to train 78,200 participants for First Aid training, 79,351 Basic Life Support training and 553 participants for Accident Prevention course.
PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang thanked all the Red Cross chapters and volunteers in making World First Aid Day a significant event that can help save more lives.
To avail PRC's First Aid training, contact PRC Safety Services at 5270000 loc. 129 or 189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.