By Jakarta, Indonesia News Group (Originally in Indonesian)
Over the past few years, our Indonesian Association members have often coordinated with the Indonesian Red Cross (IRC) to assist in alleviating the suffering of people coping with the aftermath of natural disasters. In early 2014, the Jakarta Center disaster relief team also partnered with the IRC to organize a comprehensive training program so that our Association members could become certified as eligible IRC volunteers capable of administering first aid.
The training program was held March 29 to 30, Golden Year 11 (2014) for 25 of our Association members from Jakarta and Surabaya at Loving Farm in Cianjur, West Java. Six speakers from the IRC and a medical doctor from the Jakarta Center presented the training materials and demonstrated first aid practices. Participants learned basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid for soft tissue injury, locomotor injury, neck and back injury, bleeding and trauma, burns, as well as medical emergencies. They also engaged in the practice and simulation of indoor and outdoor emergency response.
Participants demonstrated marked improvement in their knowledge and competency through improved test scores. The IRC staff was pleased with the results and pledged to issue certificates to the course students, enabling them to become eligible IRC volunteers and to administer first aid. Our Association members hope that the knowledge and skills acquired from this training will help them better assist those in need.