First aiders on standby during holiday

^ CERT George Town first aiders checking their emergency medical equipment at their temporary base in Cecil Street. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

THE Community Emergency Rescue Team (CERT) George Town is on standby from 6pm to 6am daily during the Hari Raya season.

Penang Island City Council mayor Yew Tung Seang said first aiders from CERT George Town are on five-day standby service until Sunday.

“The trained first aiders will be based at the council building in Cecil Street throughout the five days.

“They will be dispatched to provide immediate treatment to those in need,” he told a press conference at the CERT George Town temporary base in Cecil Street on Wednesday.

Yew said travelling on medic responder bikes allowed the CERT George Town team to arrive at accident scenes in the shortest time, especially during traffic jams.

“They have three medic responder bikes.

“Two of them are equipped with AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and trauma kits, and the other with a basic trauma kit,” he added.

He said the state government aimed to reduce the accident rate by 10% this year but if untoward incidents happen, CERT George Town could offer their help to the people.

CERT George Town vice-chairman Ong Swee Jin said the team responds to emergency cases such as medical assistance requests and accidents.

He said that presently, the service areas for the team are set from Bayan Baru to Tanjung Tokong.

“Currently, our team has 42 members, which consists of a doctor, who is also our medical advisor, two nurses, a paramedic and 22 first responders.

“Although we are all volunteers, our first aiders are well-trained with first aid knowledge.

“We have attended to more than 500 cases since early last year.

“We also conducted special festive operations during Chinese New Year and National Day,” he said.

Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi Zi Sen thanked the volunteers for their contributions.

Those who require first aid support, call the CERT George Town emergency hotline at 010-2484999.

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