In collaboration with the Norwegian Red Cross, the IRCS has implemented a workshop called (first responder and ambulance evacuation service) in order to train a number of male and female volunteers.
The above – mentioned workshop is in line with the IRCS’s strategy and vision to strengthen and develop its capabilities and the abilities of its cadres to face emergencies and disasters, by creating crews trained on the latest equipment and qualified in first aid to serve as the main and primary support for the work crews in the IRCS’s ambulance and emergency apparatus.
According to the trainer of the IRCS , Noureddin Ahmed, the participants were trained in the use of modern methods of first aid, as the IRCS had modern devices and equipment, for which its ambulances were equipped, such as an automatic defibrillator and pregnancy and transportation devices (spinel board), and the respirator device.
The participants were instructed on how to care for patients with cardiovascular disorders, respiratory diseases, and nervous system ailments, also how to transport pregnant women to the hospital when labor occurs, said Mr. Noureddin Ahmed, the trainer of the IRCS.
The first responder is aware that is the first to throw a lifeline, and he is the person who is medically trained and holds a first aid certificate, as well as the first to arrive at the scene of an accident and deal with the injured, and provide first aid to them, also assess critical cases that require special care, and transport them to the nearest center for health centre or hospital.
And the instructor of first aid Mr.Noureddine has added, “The course lasted ten days, and the number of participants reached thirty-five volunteers working in Baghdad’s Iraqi Red Crescent ambulance facilities”, he underlined the importance of conducting both practical and theoretical exams to certify the participants’ ability to use the modern equipment offered in the IRCS’s ambulances to rescue emergency cases and transport them to the nearest medical facility associated with the Iraqi Red Crescent.