October is now upon us and you will have started to notice the change on the high-street, as you walk into shops the standard shelves are being cleared and swiftly replaced with rows and rows of Christmas gifts and decorations. Christmas is an exciting time of year but can also be one of the most difficult for those who work within the emergency services sector.
We are all guilty of adopting an “it will never happen to me” approach at various stages in our lives. We will hear that something awful happened to someone who isn’t particularly close to our family or friendship circle and whilst the news surprises us, we carry on with our day assuring ourselves that it will never happen to us.
Shocking new research released by the British Red Cross indicates that only 50% of UK adults would feel confident coming to our aid in a crisis. The study conducted across a sample of 2004 UK adults indicated that 70% of the participants were worried about doing something wrong or making matters worse, yet it is commonly known that it is better to do something than nothing. Even more alarming was the fact that only 4% of the participants competently knew what to do in the top 3 life-threatening situations:-