Building a safer community

Rokiah Mahmud

Since its inception in September 2019, ActFast has taught more than 250 individuals first aid and basic life support (BLS). The participants included students, private individuals, civil servants and employees in the private sector.

Recently, ActFast delivered a BLS Crash Course for 43 students at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), through the Health, Safety and Environment Unit (UKKAS) of the Student Representative Council 2019/2020.

ActFast also organised a BLS Crash Course at Regus Brunei last February, for 29 individuals from different organisations in the private sector.

A typical BLS course begins with a briefing on the benefits of learning first aid. This includes the importance of administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to victims who are unresponsive with no breathing. This is then followed with practical sessions where the participants are taught how to respond to fainting casualties, choking victims, and how to administer CPR. They are also shown the importance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

The ActFast project believes that first aid skills and knowledge should be accessible to everyone. Supported by the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), ActFast shares BDRCS’s vision of having at least one first-aider in each household by 2035, towards building a safer community for Brunei Darussalam.

ActFast First Aid programme participants in a group photo. PHOTO: ACTFAST