A NEW batch of volunteers have passed first aid qualifications.
Deeping Red Cross presented 21 certificates to newly-qualified first aiders at an awards ceremony at The Deepings Community Centre on Tuesday evening.
Sixteen people completed a 14-hour course in practical first aid while five others passed a more advanced 28-hour course. Two special awards were also presented on the night.
Red Cross member Kevin Dickson received his ambulance crew qualification, which enables him to provide treatment similar to paramedics, while training officer Liz Waterland received a special award to mark her time as a training officer. She has retired from the position after more than 15 years.
Mrs Waterland said: “All of these qualifications take a lot of hard work and to pass them you have to reach a high standard.
“Skills like this are incredibly important and I believe everyone ought to have a basic first aid qualification. It’s so important for people to know what to do in an emergency as the treatment someone receives in those first few minutes can make a big difference.”
Deeping Red Cross runs a range of first aid courses starting with a basic two-hour course for the general public.
Anyone interested in signing up should contact Liz Waterland on 01778 343722.