The first group of volunteers for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council 2018 took a first aid training course at the National Training Center of the Bulgarian Red Cross in the village of Lozen.
“I am glad that more and more young people in Bulgaria choose to volunteer. I commend you for your willingness to contribute to an event of such importance to our country as the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union,” said Dr. Nadezhda Todorovska, Deputy Director General of the Bulgarian Red Cross.
Trainers on Wednesday were Dr. Zhivka Dimitrova, Dr. Pencho Penchev and Romualdas Kaminskas. “First aid is something every citizen in this country should be familiar with. It is rarely the case that there is a medical doctor on the scene of an accident. This is why the life of the injured depends on people like us. We must be prepared,” Dr. Dimitrova stressed.
In the one day BRC course, the volunteers learned how to react in accidents until the specialized medical crew arrives – laying an injured in a stable sideway position, resuscitation, wound treatment, dressings of limb sprains and fractures, reaction in case of MI, stroke or allergic reaction.
33 volunteers took part in the training on December 6. There will be two more groups trained on December 7 and 8. After successfully passing a test, the trainees will be awarded a European First Aid Certificate.
The volunteers will be some of the first representatives of this country the delegates and the guests of the events during the Bulgarian Presidency will meet upon their arrival in Bulgaria. Some of the young volunteers will escort the delegates and others will be at the info-desks at the airport, the National Palace of Culture, Boyana Residence, and the hotels where the guests will be staying.
The volunteers for the Bulgarian Presidency were selected in a competition in November. The training is part of the provisions of an agreement between the Ministry for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Bulgarian Red Cross signed on November 24.