By 2022, all ninth-grade students will be trained in first aid.


Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said that the state has to “Objective to train 80% of the population in first aid”.

The government is aiming for 100% trained students by 2022. Crédits : Shutterstock :

By 2020, all ninth-grade students will be trained in first aid, the government spokesman announced yesterday at the closing session of the Council of Ministers.
“The National Education is of course in the front line with the objective of training all third-graders in first aid by 2 022.” said Benjamin Griveaux.

This statement comes after the announcement of a broader plan for “Generalized first aid training”.. During his speech, Benjamin Griveaux stressed that this objective requires the mobilization of the entire public sphere, as well as businesses and associations.

A delay in France

According to the French National Fire Fighters Federation, only 29% are trained in emergency procedures such as tourniquet or cardiac massage. It is to make up for this delay that the government wants to put in place new training courses accessible to the greatest number of people.

While in recent months, many children have saved loved ones by calling for help or providing first aid, first aid professionals have called on members of the government to ask for first aid training for the youngest ones.

Last July, a child saved his mother, who had suffered a heart attack, by calling for help and following the instructions given by the firefighter on the other end of the line, the firefighters were able to arrive in time. Master Corporal Jessie of the Paris Fire Brigade stressed the importance of the appel  numbers: “These calls prove that emergency numbers are something really indispensable, something you should know from any age, in certain situations, it can really save lives.”.

However, training in first aid is in theory “compulsory” in school, according to the French National Education system. However, many students do not know how to perform CPR or how to put the victim in a lateral safety position, only a few notions are taught to them on Defence and Citizenship Day.

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