MORE than 40 people had a chance to learn about first aid safety during the St John Association Safety Orientated First Aid workshop at the association's training centre in Suva yesterday.
St John Association community program co-ordinator Rahmat Khan said the workshop, which was free of charge, enabled participants to start up the New Year bearing safety in mind.
Mr Khan said participants also had a chance to learn how to administer accurate first aid procedure during an emergency to save lives which were too good to lose.
"It is important for people to have the correct skills to apply first aid such as positioning of casualties at the scene and the resuscitation techniques to revive someone," he said.
"In areas where access to health care is limited, lives have been saved by people having knowledge to help themselves and others during accidents and natural disasters.
"With disasters and emergencies occurring more frequently and more people being affected, knowledge of first aid has become vital for our communities."
Participants at the workshop were teachers, tertiary students and seafarers.
"Every teacher requires the skills to cater for injuries and illness among school students as well as every parent should have basic first aid skills to assist their families during emergencies," Mr Khan said.
Participant Katarina Lawa said it was important for her as a preschool teacher to know first aid safety.