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First Aid Training
Teaching First Aid, safety and rescue is one of the important services rendered by the Lebanese Red Cross to local communities in their diverse categories, groups and domains.

The LRC is very concerned in developing its programs and ways of teaching, thus preparing and continuously training its members and volunteers to enable them perform the work committed to them and to fulfill the National Society’s goal of up-grading and improving the medical and preventive level of the society as well to ease the suffering of the people and to reduce the risks for them.

Teaching First Aid:

Under the slogan “Every Citizen is a First Aid”, the LRC started by teaching first aid in 1952. It is one of the principal services in the organization and is based on spreading and popularizing knowledge on how to act when the incident occurs. It is done through scheduled sessions for teaching steps, techniques and skills related to first aid in order to improve awareness in communities and to make individuals able to perform the adequate acts of help to reduce danger when any accident/incident happens, to help the injured and to try to rescue the victim. The estimated number of beneficiaries is between 20.000-25.000 citizens annually.

Targeted Groups:

The following categories benefit from teaching first aid:
1. The LRC’s volunteers and especially those of first aid teams before they join in to offer the emergency and help services over all the Lebanese territory.

2. Groups in private, civil and official institutions, colleges and universities and particularly faculties of medicine and others related to medicine (nursing schools, physiotherapy, laboratories and rays’ related departments, pharmacies..) as these subjects have become essential in preparing the future doctors.

3. Citizens interested in teaching (individuals and groups) for example: public, military forces (land, sea, and air), the security forces, hosts of Civil Aviation. Embassy employees, sports clubs and water rescuers and skiing, hotels staff, touristic restaurants and institutes, workers of dangerous occupations.

Training sessions and Types:

• “Brevet” certificate:

a 80 - 85 hours’ course, given to those interested in volunteering with the LRC first aid teams as well as to students in the medical fields and to the Lebanese Army members. At the end of the session, the participants will receive, in case of success after the exams, a “brevet” certificate in First Aid.

• First Aid Principles:
a 20 – 25 hours’ course, given to members and groups of private and civil institutions (industrial, tourist and travel…) and the participants will receive a success attestation in First Aid Principles.

• C. P. R. (Heart – Pulmonary Revival):
a 10 – 12 hours’ course, given to nursing staff in hospitals, to sea rescuers and to those taking care of patients at home (handicapped persons, cancer patients, heart problems..) and the participant will receive a success certificate in C.P.R.

• Teaching & Training Body:
Relaying on specialists in psychology, education and medicine, the Lebanese Red Cross is very much concerned with the continuous preparation and “recycling” (rehabilitation) of the trainers and teachers in First Aid where they participate in many practical training sessions applied in stages. The number of activist in this service reached to more than 150 trainers and teachers spreading in most of the Lebanese areas.

General Conditions to join the teaching and Training Body:

1) As a trainer:
• University graduate (at least two years)
• First Aid member (more than one year)
• To sit for an entrance exam
• To follow technical and educational training sessions.

2) As a teacher:
• Graduate from medical or medicine-related (nursing, pharmacy, …) schools
• To sit for an entrance exam
• To follow technical and educational training sessions.

These courses are given in the form of groups and for those wishing to fill a written application in this subject with mentioning the number of people (at least 10) with indication of their age group. A central department in the Lebanese Red Cross undertakes direct supervision on training and education to ensure the upgrading of this service permanently and develop educational programs and curricula.
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