First aid

How do you train for saving?

Publié le null - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Cardiac arrest, hemorrhage, choking, burns... How to react in an emergency situation? The website of the Ministry of the Interior reminds us of the actions we must take to save lives. take stock of the first aid actions to be carried out and guide you to train.

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The Ministry of the Interior reminds us of the first aid gestures to know how to react effectively to the various risks.

Establish a safety perimeter around the accident

When you cannot act directly at the scene of an accident:

  • Take care not to take risks;
  • Alert emergency services;
  • Secure the scene of the accident and the people involved while waiting for help to arrive.

Assess the victim's condition

To reassure the victim:

  • Introduce yourself to her;
  • Check that they are aware and able to breathe;
  • Get this information to the rescue as soon as possible.

Get help from emergency services

The numbers to contact are:

  • 18 : Fire brigade (emergency, accident, fire);
  • 15 Samu (urgent health problem);
  • 17 : police or gendarmerie (security or public order problem);
  • 112 : single emergency call number on European territory (for foreigners traveling in France and French citizens traveling abroad);
  • 115 : Social Samu for anyone who is experiencing social distress (homeless or homeless and exposed to the elements).

You will have to provide all the necessary information for the rescue: your number, your name, the nature of the accident, the number of people involved, the exact location of the accident and assess the type of emergency.

How do I train for first aid?

The training prepares you to respond to choking and heart failure, but also to a person who is bleeding or an unconscious victim (who is breathing or not breathing). Reflexes for burns in children and adults are also part of the training.

Training and introductory courses are organized throughout France. They do not give rise to the issue of a diploma but each participant receives a certificate issued by the trainer on behalf of the prefect. Those interested can register via the website of their department prefecture.

Please note

As part of awareness-raising sessions on first aid, SDIS (departmental fire and rescue services) can also organize training sessions, under the aegis of the prefectures, with the collaboration of national education and community networks. You can contact the fire brigade centers, the Red Cross and Civil Protection to obtain information on these training courses open from the age of 10.