Not all superheroes wear capes; in fact, the lives of many people have been saved by regular citizens with first aid knowledge.
VERTO Bathurst will be providing people with these life-saving skills during a first aid course on Thursday, June 24.
First aid trainer and assessor Samuel Hocking has been teaching first aid courses for four and a half years and strongly believes that the more people who have these skills the better it is for all of us.
"It gives people confidence to perform basic life support. This can be performing CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation], injecting an Epi-Pen, or even just comforting and reassuring someone," Mr Hocking said.
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"In my opinion, the more people who feel comfortable providing treatment, the better the world will be.
"Undertaking my first aid class, or any first aid class for that matter, will give the learners the skills and confidence to provide treatment no matter the circumstance."
Mr Hocking has had students share their experiences with him and knows just how critical it is to have someone with first aid knowledge close-by when disaster strikes.
According to the NSW Government Health website over 8500 people in NSW alone experience a cardiac arrest each year, with only 12 per cent of them surviving.
"Only a couple of days ago, during the European Soccer Championships, a player suffered cardiac arrest during a game and his teammate and captain performed CPR prior to the arrival of the medical team," he said.
"The player survived."
For eligible participants the training is subsidised by the NSW Government, with lessons in the workplace also available.
"The First Aid course enables you to assist people who become injured in the event of an accident or emergency situation until help arrives," VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said.
"The best part about the first aid course is that the skills you learn can be applied in the home, the workplace or in public locations."
On completion of the one-day course students will receive a Statement of Attainment in HLTAID011 Provide First Aid and the skills to possibly save a life.
Go to www.verto.org.au.
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