First responders trained

2018-06-12 06:01
The participants during the class.

The participants during the class.

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Around 80 residents from Tafelsig and surrounds participated in the first Emergency First Aid Responder (EFAR) training programme on Monday 4 June.

The training is hosted as an extension of a range of empowerment programmes run by local community worker, Joanie Fredericks, through her organisation, Nead Community Development.

This initiative serves to save lives, she says.

“Tafelsig is one of the red zones, resulting in ambulances and crews being attacked and robbed by criminals in the communities. Ambulances are forced to go to police stations to wait for police escorts, wasting valuable time. The police have many other priorities in fighting crime so ambulances sometimes have to wait for hours,” says Fredericks.

This event hosted in Tafelsig served as the pilot programme.

“The plan is for more sessions to be held with ordinary women and men in the communities who are at home and can be called upon to assist immediately in providing that first crucial emergency medical assistance while the ambulance is being called or even to provide enough help to get injured people to the doctor or hospital,” says Fredericks.

The training took place at the Olifantshoek Community Centre on Monday 4 June and residents also received a certificate of completion following a practical evaluation.

“I want to thank the Metro EMS manager for agreeing to partner with Nead Community Development. I also want to thank Shaun Moses, senior EMS trainer, and his assistants for the training, and to the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch for the accreditation of the course and Gloria Baartman for the venue, and of course the women for turning up.”

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