My Red Crescent story- How I started to train First Aid
My name is Yagut Huseynova. I started to work at the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society since 14th June of 2013. My position is the instructor at the “Health and care” department.
I‘ve heard about Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society at my university. National Society established Primary Organization, which further supported in organizing various events. I asked representatives of the National Society about their activities, work with young people, volunteers. They gave me very wide information and advised to visit web page as well as come to the Red Crescent office. Since it is not far away from my university one day I decided to visit National Society and when I came it was said that I much more needed in the AzRC “First aid” field. Thereto I had to receive the First Aid course to be capable to train people on First Aid. Thus if I am agree they are ready to train me.
There was a great opportunity for me as my roommate Dr. Shahin was the Head of AzRC First aid sector. Being very educated, professional and well-skilled person he taught me the First Aid deeply in details. After that I was granted by the AzRC with Certificate on First Aid. Then I started my training sessions together with Dr.Shahin. We held them among students, schoolchildren, community groups like migrants, refugees, the AzRC volunteers and youth instructors. I was glad to apply given knowledge and I have been doing it with great pleasure till today.
This is how I became acquainted with First Aid. Now I have more knowledge in this field, although before when I came to the AzRC I had no information about First Aid.
Actually I have not so big experience and so lot of practice, but I know theory and hope that I could help injured people in case of necessity.
I think that everyone has to learn First Aid because First Aid saves lives.
Timing is Everything
Three months ago, as I was working on this very World First Aid Day campaign for IFRC in Geneva, I left the office to grab lunch. Moments later, I saw a motorcyclist lying flat in the middle of the street near an intersection. I had to look twice to make sure I was seeing correctly, and as I did, a gentleman pulled over in his car and ran to meet him, as did I. He had taken the curve too fast and plunged. I asked if he was ok, to which he winced and said, “My shoulder hurts.” By then, another office mate had come on scene and called an ambulance as we walked the cyclist to the side of the road and gently sat him down. Knowing what to do, I positioned his arm close to his chest, careful not to move it more than needed as we waited for the ambulance. Ironically, I encountered a real need when I least expected it - from writing about lifesaving skills one minute, to using them another. You truly never know when you will be that person someone relies on. First aid saves lives. Get trained, be prepared. You may be that someone’s hero.
"I cannot forget the first time I gave first aid"
My name is Cristian Cura and I am a volunteer of the Albanian Red Cross. I am trained in First Aid program 4 years ago, where I got the title “First aid provider”. In the beginning I thought this training was merely an additional qualification in my CV.
But over time I realized that being a first aid provider it is a lifestyle. Humanism is a Red Cross volunteer combined with first aid go perfectly together. At any moment I see someone injured, or in danger, or seeking help, now I run towards to help him, secure because I’m well trained for this. I cannot forget the first time I gave first aid.
When a young girl fainted in front of me, in the middle of the road. I saw everything. For a moment I was shocked, but immediately told myself: ‘Focus on, you know what to do.” And I did. I cannot describe the moment when I felt her breathing. I felt relieved but also safe at the same time that I was doing the right thing.
After this episode every other case was easier for me. Even today I continue to work with dedication and passion for First Aid program at the Albanian Red Cross. I think this may have been the reason why I chose to become a doctor in my future. Continue to encourage new volunteers who are in doubt about taking this responsibility.
Certainly it isn’t an easy task, but gives indescribable sensation. You can help someone only once at very difficult moment for him. But at least that day, you will be a HERO.