Kulgam: Motor Vehicle Department Kulgam in collaboration with SDRF Kulgam today organized a daylong training programme on Basic Life Support System for enhancement of First Aid techniques for commercial drivers here.
As many as 150 heavy vehicle drivers were trained for use of first aid, basic life support and rescue systems during the programme.
SDRF master trainers took the participants first through theory classes and then demonstrated practical sessions which among included applying basic measures to clear victim’s airway and control bleeding, clearing any obstructions and draining any fluid from victims mouth, calling emergency services, performing first aid for the victim, safe handling and shifting techniques to avoid further injury to the victim till the emergency medical services reach.
Skills to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through chest compressions, maintaining breathing, relieving choking at the accident site and dealing with different kind of bleeding related training was also given on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Assistant Regional Transport Officer Kulgam Mohammad Zubair Lattoo said, “Untrained people are often frightened to touch casualties – but early intervention can save lives or decrease the impact of injuries, leading to quicker recovery or lesser injuries for the victims. The commercial vehicle drivers were trained with valuable skills that can definitely help them handling road crashes and in other accident situations.