The Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) branch at Al Khor city has continued the ambitious training programme, ‘I Am A Paramedic’, which is planned to cover 19 Supreme Education Council (SEC) schools in Al Shamal northern region of the country during the academic year 2014-2015, with QR1,000,000 funding from Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme (COP).

Head of Al Khor Branch and Director of QRC Social Development Department, Rashid bin Saad Al Mohannadi, said:

The programme targets Al-Shamal schoolchildren, from the sixth primary grade to the third secondary grade, which is the a transitional period when early mental maturity is combined with the ability to make use of the training in everyday life and in emergencies. The gained experience can be later enhanced through voluntary disaster management courses. The programme is not limited to schoolboys and schoolgirls. It also covers teachers, administrative staff, bus supervisors, and even parents through the students themselves. The goal is to build a well-trained base of society members who can deal effectively with injuries and emergencies whether for oneself or for others.’

Since its launch in September, the programme organised first aid lectures and training courses for 405 beneficiaries at several Al-Shamal schools, as follows: 16 teachers, 45 administrative staff, and eight bus supervisors of Al Thakhira Independent Model Primary School for Boys; 30 students of Al Khor Model School for Boys; 75 students of Al Zubarah Independent Primary, Preparatory, and Secondary School for Boys; 14 students of Al Ghashamiya Independent Primary School for Boys; 25 students of Al Jumaliyah Independent School for Boys; 75 students of Smaismah Independent Primary School for Boys; four QRC Program for Schools members at Abdullah bin Ali Al Misnad Independent Preparatory and Secondary School for Boys; and 19 students of Al Thakhira Independent Primary School for Girls.

The trainees received diverse experience and knowledge, including background information about QRC and basic training in first aid, surface water rescue, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); how to deal with cases of suffocation, bleeding, injury, fracture, burn, epilepsy, poisoning, and heat exhaustion‏; and effective techniques of moving injured people.

The courses were instructed by an experienced and proficient group of medical trainers, including highly qualified and internationally certified physicians, nurse school faculty members, emergency medical technicians-advanced life support (EMTs-ALS), and anesthesia/recovery technicians.

Ras Laffan COP is an initiative aimed at strengthening the relations with the communities affected by environmental changes in the natural gas industry in the northern part of Qatar, to meet requirements through long-term dialogue and public-interest programs, under the concepts of social responsibility and partnership among all institutions of the country.