The long-term target is to have at least one first aider in each household or family by 2025, Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) President Haji Muhammad Suhaimi bin Haji Ibrahim said.
“Through the BDRCS’ strategic plan 2020-2025 we aim to train more first aiders and instil the culture of safety within the community,” he said.
Haji Muhammad Suhaimi made these comments at a ceremony to launch the BDRCS National Headquarters and Academy under one roof at the upper floor of Bunut Post Office yesterday.
Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof was the guest of honour.
The new headquarters and academy is equipped with a training hall, meeting room, office and surau. Haji Muhammad Suhaimi added, “To ensure a systematic and effective quality learning, courses offered by the BDRCS Academy through its four district branches will be centralised in the new building as the ‘Centre of Accreditation and Certification’ and will be monitored by the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society headquarters.”
He said the BDRCS Academy was established in 2016 to offer training modules and syllabuses on first aid according to international standards.
It is recognised through the guidelines of the Global Reference First Aid Centre in Paris, whether through the commercial first aid programme in accordance with certificates and work health certificates and work health order standards or only first aid in the community level, Haji Muhammad Suhaimi said.
The dissemination of the basic first aid training programme is actively carried out for road users such as drivers, motorcyclists and bicyclists as well as pedestrians. The skills in first aid response, especially during injuries and accidents, will reduce the risk of more serious injuries and death.
This is in line with the initiatives of the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) through the Brunei National Road
Safety Council to reduce the risk of serious injuries and deaths based on the main core of 5 Es – engineering, enforcement, education, environment and emergency response, he said.
“Encouraging the community to learn first aid to be used in times of emergencies and not only during disasters is important, especially in the case of a light injury or a sudden chronic attack like a heart attack,” Haji Muhammad Suhaimi said.
He said the BDRCS is united and supports the goals and agenda on safety outlined by government institutions in the Sultanate.
“The Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society will continue to be involved as an auxiliary body to the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulahibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam,” he said.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib presented certificates and accreditation of the BDRCS that is globally recognised to Brunei Asia Pacific Shell Learning Hub to personnel of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), Brunei LNG, Royal Brunei Airlines and Ashcore Sdn Bhd.
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the BDRCS and Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) to forge cooperation in relation to first aid training and workplace safety programmes, preparation of public emergency services and various humanitarian initiatives was held.
The minister toured facilities of the BDRCS National Headquarters and Academy.
Deputy Head of the ICRC Kuala Lumpur Regional Delegation Zurab Burduli, National Society Development Coordinator of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Ahmad Sami and senior officials from the MTIC were also present.