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Written by Karl Roberts

The whole of Year 10 learned how to save a life. The British Red Cross came to our school to teach us about first aid and how to save lives.

The training was presented by Youth Education Co-ordinator Sandra Maguire and it gave us the chance to discuss and

practise first aid techniques.

She taught us how to use a defibrillator, the recovery position and how to spot signs of medical problems such as

choking, a stroke or a heart attack.

The second half of the session was when we were split into teams of three and we were given a medical scenario to


We discussed how to treat a choking child, a head injury and a burn. We had to explain what we would do to help the

patient in each scenario and demonstrate how to care for a patient.

At the end, we were rewarded with an Everyday First Aid certificate by the British Red Cross.

I learned how to perform CPR and how to save someone’s life. Sometimes people find it uncomfortable to help a person who is in need, but, after doing this course, it has helped me think about how much I would and could do to help somebody, if I had to.