Sunday, 11 November 2018

Need of Trained First Responders in India

What is first responder exactly? A first responder is a person with specialised training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, disaster, or terrorist attacks. Basically the first responders’ most important and most basic work is first-aid. Unfortunately accidents can happen with anyone at any place. Most of them are on the roads. Not in all accidents ‘on-the-spot’ deaths take place. In many many accidents the victim needs immediate help, failing which they die. First aid seems a very simple and not so significant job but the reality is, it is one the most important work. Because sometimes right and timely first aid can help the specialists to save one’s life.

In a country like India with such a huge population, diverse geographical conditions, lack or ignorance of road safety measures, it is more likely to have huge counts of accidental deaths and injuries. And a lot of times the death occurs due to no immediate help provided or wrong first aid done. That clearly means that there is an urgent need to train first responders of the accident sites.

Training shouldn’t be available to certain people. First aid training should ideally be given to almost everyone so that in the absence of certified first responder at least some amount of aid could be provided. There are few ways we can train and spread awareness about the need to train the first responders in India. The most convenient way can be a training the students in school, at least the basics of first aid. The already first respondent holder should be trained on a regular basis with new techniques and methods of first aid. The people who importantly work on roads should be given certified first aid training for instance, the traffic police, the drivers and riders, etc.

There are many advantages of first responders’ training.
  • It affords people with the ability to provide help during various emergency situations. 
  • First aid helps ensure that the right methods of administering medical assistance are provided.
  • Knowledge in first aid also benefits the individuals themselves.

Accidents will always happen. Because of this, properly-trained individuals and the right first aid equipment help ensure better safety for everyone. Without the proper first aid, a simple injury could turn into something much more severe. Many fatalities resulting from accidents and emergency situations result from lack of immediate medical treatment. First aid doesn’t just facilitate recovery. It helps save lives.