Search and Rescue

We see search and rescue teams on TV almost every day, or even in real life where helicopters are deployed, rescue boats fight stormy seas to save lives or rescue dogs are sent sniffing through forests and up mountains to save the lost or injured. Search and rescue is when provision and assistance is provided to people who are in distress or imminent danger. Search and rescue teams are made up of highly-trained individuals who are skilled in, and specialise in emergency situations. An emergency is any life-threatening situation where immediate assistance is needed. Search and rescue teams need to … Continue reading

What does an Emergency Medical Technician do?

EMS and Ambulance Personnel

What does an Emergency Medical Technician do? Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs are health care providers that have been trained specifically for emergency situations. They are trained to respond quickly to anyone who is the victim of trauma or an acute illness before and during their transportation to the hospital. They are transported to the scene in ambulances and are usually first on the scene to assess the situation and provide immediate medical assistance. Their assistance is vital in an emergency situation and many lives have been saved thanks to their medical skills. Categories of Medical Technicians There are four … Continue reading

The Importance of a First Aid Kit

The Importance of a First Aid Kit

                    Accidents happen. This is a fact of life. You may think that you are safe at home, but did you know that over 1 million children under the age of 15 have accidents at home? Then there are accidents that happen when outdoors, in the car or when you are on holiday. Having a First Aid Kit available at all times is essential for all sorts of incidents, especially to prevent infection, stop bleeding or treat burns. Even a small graze or cut on the knee needs to be treated … Continue reading

First Responders Appreciation Day: September 27th

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Who are Community First Responders? There is a small selection of extraordinary people from all over the world who have chosen to put their lives on the line by being the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency – Community First Responders. Ambulances can often take a while to reach the scene and sometimes long distances need to be travelled (especially in remote areas). This is why it is necessary to have first responders close by and active in your community. These people do not get paid, they do not have rooms filled with trophies boasting of their … Continue reading

World First Aid Day: First Aid and Road Safety, September 13th 2014

Many of us take medical assistance for granted or don’t consider that yourself or someone close to you may need emergency medical assistance today! This is why the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) introduced World First Aid Day to make people aware of the need to upskill themselves by doing a First Aid course. None of us want to have accidents happen, but they do, every day and every minute. You don’t want to be the one who is unable to help with basic First Aid treatment. No one is expecting you to be a … Continue reading

Most important first aid tips to know

There are more life threating accidents that happen at home, more than you think, and even more than when travelling by car, plane or even bus. It’s a statistical fact; in fact, a study in the UK proved that playing sport is safer than staying at home! The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) noted that more than 5,000 people die in household accidents annually. It’s a simple truth that Children are more accident prone compared to adults. So let this be an extra warning to all parents, grandparents, friends and even siblings be vigilant for the little … Continue reading