Betty Tannous has been involved with first aid for 20 years, having taken her first course in 1997. She’d taught first aid, infection control and workplace health and safety for many years in Australia before shifting to New Zealand. When she saw an advertisement to become a trainer with New Zealand Red Cross she didn’t hesitate to apply. Betty has been an instructor now for 5 months.

In early September, Betty conducted an Essential First Aid and Save a Life course for staff members at the Woolston Club in Christchurch, little did she know at the time that the skills she’d taught would help save a life within a week.

One of her students was at an awards ceremony at the Woolston Club when the presenter fell from the stage. She lost consciousness and wasn’t breathing. As the crowd looked on a staff member began performing CPR and asked for an AED. The AED was attached and following the prompts, three shocks were administered, bringing the casualty back to consciousness. An ambulance arrived minutes later, and the person involved is now alive and well.

Betty says she was pleased to hear that the person was doing well when she found out what happened.

“To have helped save a life felt fantastic, just knowing that the participants were listening to what I was teaching and followed my instructions.”

The incident has renewed Betty’s excitement for training, but she talks a lot about first aid wherever she goes.

“The more people that know what to do in an emergency, the more lives are saved.”

Red Cross’ first aid courses are practical and hands-on, giving Kiwis the skills to use when they need them most. With a range of courses on offer, you can find one to suit you. Book a Red Cross first aid course today.