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First aid training should not be neglected

Acting Police Commissioner Henry Greene yesterday said the force is ensuring that traffic police, usually the first responders to road accidents, receive first aid training.Smellie winner! After almost two hours of competition in First Aid, Division (Berbice) walked away with the Smellie Cup yesterday. Photographer Jules Gibson photographed Lance Corporal Fraser, Constable Sears, Constable Joseph and Constable Fordyce shortly after they collected their trophies. Fraser who captained the team was also adjudged the best First Aider.Delivering the closing remarks at the finals of the Force First Aid Competition at the Tactical Services Unit  Drill Square, at Eve Leary, Greene emphasised the importance of first aid to police operations and the need for all members of the force to be continuously trained. According to Greene, first aid is a key to police operations and is something that should never be neglected. "As the first responder we can take action as quickly as possibly, more or less saving lives by ensuring that persons injured can be treated as quickly as possible," he explained.Although he noted that all ranks are exposed to first aid training at the police training college, Greene stressed, "We will be ensuring that ranks that are based on the road will be given courses in first aid." He recalled that when he joined the force every rank was trained in first aid and upon completion each was given a badge. That training programme was conducted through the Guyana Red Cross Society (GRCS) but it no longer exists.When asked if he would want to reinstitute it, Greene revealed that he had held talks with GRCS, which now has a very extensive programme. Despite this, he said, all ranks are given some first aid training while in college and the competition serves as a refresher. He congratulated the organisers for maintaining the tradition and charged them to continue pushing it in the right direction...(via
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