A joint Royal Arch Chapter and Craft initiative to increase the number of First Aiders at Masonic Centres in Hertfordshire was launched in August at the Cloisters centre in Letchworth.
Although defibrillators are available at many centres there are few people that have received any instruction in how to use them. The Deputy Grand Superintendent, David Hampton and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Neil Connolly are promoting this as a joint training initiative aimed at regular centre users.
The Provincial Grand Almoner, Robert Gurney, said “First aid is a life skill that everyone should have and we are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of free places for masons and staff at our centres to learn some emergency first aid skills”.
E. Comp Paul Walker who provides commercial First Aid training nationwide, is kindly delivering the training free of charge to those attending our centres. The one-day course provides basic lifesaving first aid skills and knowledge of workplace health and safety regulations. Those who successfully complete the course receive an ‘Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate’ that is valid for three years.
The one-day training sessions can cater for a maximum of 15 people although there is a possibility of more spaces being made available if demand is high.
Deputy Grand Superintendent, David Hampton said “This is the first of many educational training seminars specifically targeted to the provision of First Aiders in all our centres throughout the Province. It has long been recognised that the health & wellbeing of Companions, Brethren and non-Masons using our Centres is of paramount importance, particularly when providing rooms and catering services, and the Royal Arch & Craft are extremely pleased to be able to introduce this initiative. My personal thanks go to all of you who have attended this first seminar, giving up your time so freely. Also, my grateful thanks to Robert Gurney, Provincial Grand Almoner in driving and promoting the initiative, Paul Walker in delivering the course and Peter Lucas for hosting at the Cloisters Masonic Centre.”
On behalf of Provincial Grand Lodge, APGM Neil Connolly added “We would like to thank all of those who gave up their time to undertake the emergency first aid training course. It was a positive and productive day for all attendees who are better prepared to support a return to meetings and events at our masonic centres“. If you would like to take advantage of this offer for your centre, please contact your Centre Manager, who will compile a list of those in each centre wishing to participate in the courses. All courses are offered, subject to availability.