CJIA (Guyana) staff get CDC organised First Aid and CPR Training

Georgetown, Guyana, May 31, 2012 (CDC) - Thirty-two persons associated with the local aviation industry gained valuable training in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on Friday last at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri.
The training was conducted by doctors and student doctors from the American International School of Medicine (AISM) and was a collaborative effort involving the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), the United States Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Programme (USHAP), and the CJIA.

Participants were divided into four groups and were exposed to the theoretical aspects of First Aid and CPR during the three-hour interactive session. Each group was assigned as many as four medical personnel from the AISM. Participants benefitted from adequate discussions of the subject matter and the sharing of practical experiences during the one-on-one interactions.

The May 25 activity comprised the first of three phases of the training.

Phase Two will be held on July 6. It will take the form of a practical session, which is designed to reinforce the lessons taught and learnt during Phase One.Participants of one of the four groups listen attentively to the AISM Instructor (standing)

Phase Three is the review and evaluation of the participants and will be conducted on July 27 at CJIA. The course’s participants are expected to receive their certificates of participation at the conclusion of the third phase.

The Civil Defence Commission’s involvement in this training is in keeping with its roles and responsibilities as Guyana’s lead agency for Disaster Risk Management.

The CDC is heartened by the response of the management of CJIA toward this initiative and hopes that in the future more personnel, spanning the aviation industry across Guyana will benefit from such training.

The initiative is aimed at enhancing the airport’s disaster response mechanism in the wake of the recent Caribbean Airlines accident in which one of its aircraft overshot the runway at CJIA and broke in two.

CJIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ramesh Geer revealed that the airport authority is in the process of organizing follow-up training in other disaster-related subject areas and the  setting up of a medical aid post and response team/unit at the CJIA are being planned.