Marson Rosario is the Communication Officer at Micronesia Red Cross. This World First Aid Day, he is sharing is sharing his first aid story to encourage people to learn first aid to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the road.

A couple of months ago I was woken early one morning at home by my brother in-law. He ran into my house saying there was a car accident up the road, he knew that I was first aid trained.

I could see that from his face that it was bad, he looked scared.

I quickly went down the road with him to where the accident was. The car was a mangled mess on the side of the road, caught between the roadside bank and a bridge.

Everyone was gathered around, but no one knew what to do.

The driver in the car was stuck, he had big cuts and broken bones. I spoke calmly and told him that I was a first aider and there to help.

I used a trunk of a banana palm for a splint for his arm and made a sling from a piece of cloth. Using a blanket, we moved him and took him to hospital which was over an hour away.

I went with him to hospital and explained to the doctor what had happened. He stayed in hospital for some time, I went back and visited him, he had broken an arm, ribs and both of his legs.

In 2013 I joined Micronesia Red Cross as a volunteer. One of the first things I did was a first aid course, before that I really didn’t understand what first aid was.

The first aid course changed everything for me, and I grew my knowledge, soon becoming a first aid instructor.

I realised that first aid something very, very helpful, it was more than a certificate for me, it was a way of helping by family and my community.

First aid is what fires me up, I love the way that it is simple and practical skills that can literally save a life. I love that we teach it in communities and in schools.

While I have used first aid at major incidents like this accident and when other people in my community have had health emergencies, I also use first aid in my home with my children everyday – when they bump and bruise themselves.

It is especially important here in the Federated States of Micronesia where our communities live across vast and remote islands, where healthcare is hard to access. Ensuring local people who are the first responders to any emergency are first aid trained is even more crucial.

On our island we only have three ambulances and limited healthcare. If people have a road accident like the one I attended and are first aid trained they will have the skills and training needed to respond quickly – and even save a life – if you’re at the scene of an accident.

I encourage people to learn first aid, especially on World First Aid Day. First aid saves people.