First aid: learning to save lives


Do you know the essential actions of emergency aid? If you want to learn them, free training is offered in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy this month, as part of a national campaign.

It is the Ministry of the Interior - with relief workers and in partnership with National Education - which has set up free 2-hour sessions to teach the population first aid skills. “After the attacks of November 2015, many French people expressed the wish to know the useful gestures to save lives”, specifies the ministry which launched the campaign in metropolitan France and overseas. At the end of this training, candidates will receive a certificate issued by the trainer in the name of the prefect Anne Laubies.

In Saint-Martin, the sessions will take place on February 13 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 14 p.m. to 16 p.m. Participants will have the choice between the La Savane fire station and the Louis-Constant Fleming hospital center in Concordia. To register online, simply go to the prefecture's website:, click on “Operation: There are gestures that save”, then on the link in the text asking you to fill out a form. In Saint-Barthélemy, the sessions will take place on the same dates from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 16 p.m. Those interested can register by email:


Here is the program of a session:

Actions to be taken in an exceptional situation causing numerous victims (approximately 1 hour): 

• emergency release of a victim;

• placing in the waiting position for victims who require it;

• the fight against haemorrhages by means of makeshift tourniquets or by compression carried out directly on the wound.

Actions to be taken in a daily situation: cardiac arrest (about 1 hour): 

• learning the gesture;

• restitution of the gesture, during a guided practice workshop.


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