Kamo Intermediate School student Amy Campbell was first on the scene of an emergency. Luckily, she had recently completed a People Savers first aid course with Red Cross, so she knew what to do.

Thanks to Amy’s quick actions and her ability to keep calm under pressure, she was able to make a difference and help save a life.

Amy tells her story:

It started when I left school early to go to the dentist. Suddenly, right in front of me, there was a massive collision of two cars.

I asked my Nana to stop.

“There will be other people trying to help,” she said, but I was feeling nervous and said: “No, there is no one there!”

So my Nana and I jumped out of the car and checked our safety so we wouldn’t get hit by a car or get cut by glass.

I grabbed my phone out and dialled 111 and walked towards the accident. The emergency operator asked me what happened. I told them that there had been a collision with two cars and there’s a man stuck in a car with smoke quickly emerging out.

They put me through to the fire department. I told them: “There’s a man stuck in the car and there’s smoke coming out.” I was feeling really scared at that time. I wondered if he would be alright, but I kept calm and carried on.

When I called the ambulance, they asked where I was, so I said: “I’m on State Highway 1 near Whau Valley.” They said they didn’t know where that was. I was getting kind of stressed out but I kept my calm and said Western Hills Drive. They told me they would be there right away! I was glad there was help on the way. I left the scene when the ambulance, police and fire truck arrived.

When I got into the car I realised I was shaking. I was also still feeling worried because I kept wondering if the man stuck in the car was going to be OK.

Red Cross’ People Savers course gives 8- to 12-year-olds essential first aid skills to help them act quickly and safely in emergencies - just like Amy did. 

Our community trainers deliver the courses for free in schools. Since 2012, Red Cross has trained almost 6500 children in People Savers in Northland and almost 2000 high school students in Save A Mate, which trains students to respond to alcohol and drug-related emergencies.