New olim in the city took First Aid course given by United Hatzalah in cooperation with the Social Services Division. The course was given in different languages including French, English, Russian and Spanish where the olim were trained to provide first aid in the city and taught how to handle emergency situations, in which first aid is required.
The Social Services Division in cooperation with United Hatzalah started the “First Aid” program in the city in May. To date, more than 700 residents received first aid training as part of the program. The training programs are designed for a wide variety of populations including: single mothers, senior citizens, social workers, mothers of children with special needs, volunteers caring for cancer patients, caregivers for the elderly, volunteers with the parents’ patrol, municipal police workers, youth counselors and preschool staff. The purpose of the program is so that in every building, street and neighborhood, there will be someone who has undergone the training and will be able to provide first aid and save lives.
The course is a one-time, four-hour session where participants are taught how to deal with choking, resuscitation of adults, children and infants, use of defibrillator, high fever treatment, seizures and stopping bleeding. The participants practice CPR on dummies and learn what needs to be done when needed - calling for help and initial intervention until professional help arrives.