A new five-hour certifiable course by the Singapore Red Cross that imparts first aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills was launched on Sunday, Jan 17, to mark National Life Saving Day.
Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean was on hand at the Pasir Ris Sports & Recreation Centre to officially launch the programme, known as Citizen First Responder Training.
The Singapore Red Cross said in a statement on Sunday that 400 residents have received the first Citizen First Responder certification.
Pioneered by the National Resuscitation Council and the National First Aid Council, the five-hour skills-based training programme covers Citizen First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & Automated External Defibrillator (CPR+AED). The organisations encourage people who would not otherwise attend the usual 24-hour first aid programmes, to pick up lifesaving skills.
With instructors facilitating practical training, the Citizen First Responders course will train participants in the use of a first-aid kit and initial actions to be carried out on-site when dealing with some common time-critical situations including fainting, shock and unconsciousness as well as stroke.
DPM Teo, who was the event's guest-of-honour, said: "You have taken this important step to empower yourselves to save lives in the community, at work, and in public places. Please share with your family and friends, the importance of learning life-saving skills, so that we can train even more citizen first responders. Together, we can promote self-help, care for one another, and make Singapore a more resilient community."
DPM Teo also presented Survivor Awards to 22 community citizens and one group (Sport Singapore) who have helped survivors of cardiac arrest at the 3rd Survivor Awards Ceremony.
Members of the public can register for the Citizen First Responders course at the Singapore Red Cross Academy.