In the past year, 28 employees of MAPFRE Middlesea attended First Aid Courses in collaboration with St John’s Ambulance.
Each year, the company organises such courses and employees can choose to attend on a voluntarily basis. Another two sessions are expected to be held in May and December of 2016.
In each session of eight hours, employees were taught how to manage an incident, carry out a primary survey, place the victim in a recovery position and how to conduct Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). A representative of St John’s Ambulance explained how first-aiders should deal with someone suffering from head injuries, a heart attack, bleeding, burns, choking or fainting. The course also outlined handling with soft tissue injuries, jellyfish stings and sea sickness.
In addition to the first aid courses, all employees attended a health and safety information session, which was held in-house and regular fire drills are held within the company.
Throughout the year, MAPFRE Middlesea also organises Fire Fighting courses and a substantial number of employees are qualified. The next training courses will be held April and November.
The first aid courses were held at St John’s Headquarters in Valletta. The company endorses the work carried out by St John’s Ambulance, and also offers its sponsorship.