Around the world, almost 16,000 people die from preventable injuries every day. The statistics point to one important detail, that a basic knowledge of first aid is an important tool to help prevent deaths, and is especially crucial in a domestic environment and during disasters.

Understanding this, the Red Cross Society of China in Jiang Gan District collaborated with the Xing Yang Youth Public Welfare Service Centre to organise a special first aid training session for the Qian Tang community. The training was conducted in both English and Chinese for local residents as well as expatriates from countries such as the United States of America, Italy and France. The training focused on emergency rescue, using examples like the Jiuzhaigou earthquake, which struck the mountainous region of northern Sichuan and killed at least 24 people in early August 2017.

The discussions include analysing the earthquake’s formation, the distribution of seismic belts and what to do during an earthquake. Participants were also able to experience a virtual reality simulation of a drowning and fire rescue, before learning about cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use the Automated External Defibrillators (AED) from 2nd class trainer, Chen Lifen from the Red Cross Society of China’s Jiang Gan District.

“This year, as part of the local government livelihood projects, we are increasing training on emergency rescue knowledge to arm people with basic knowledge of first aid,” said one of the Red Cross volunteers. “As more and more foreigners come to live in Jiang Gan to work and study, it has become important to focus on increasing their knowledge about emergencies and disasters in the local context. The Red Cross’ role as auxiliary to the government allows us to provide these foreigners and the local community with the right tools and practical training so that they will know how to act if a disaster strikes.