Our First Aid Professionals series is designed to shed light on our community heroes who make saving lives their life’s mission (and who make it look easy)!
Today’s post is from Camilla Szczepkowski who works with us as a First Aid & CPR Instructor.
How did you get started in this field?
Swimming competitively throughout my childhood sparked my interest in completing the necessary requirements to become a lifeguard. Working for several years as an lifeguard and instructor had taught me how to recognize respond quickly to first aid emergencies.
When did you know that you wanted to do work as a First Aid Instructor?
I knew I wanted to do work as a First Aid Instructor after teaching aquatic courses that introduced basic first aid. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching candidates CPR and what to do in first aid emergencies such as chocking, bleeding, and burns. Their interest and eagerness to learn instigated my passion for teaching first aid.
How long have you been a first aid instructor?
I have had the privilege of working as a first aid instructor for three years now. I see myself as a First Aid Instructor for several years to come.
What does your job involve on a day-to-day basis?
On a day-to-day basis my job involves commuting to various facilities where first aid courses are provided to the public. I set up the classroom with teaching requirements such as handouts, presentations, first aid kits and manikins. After a successful day I will prepare lesson plans for the following day.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of the job is to educate individuals on life saving techniques in fun and interactive ways such as scenarios using make up to show injuries. It is rewarding to know I can make a difference in people’s lives by sharing my knowledge and experiences.
What’s your least favourite part of the job?
My least favourite part of the job is when first aid classes come to an end. As an instructor you build a relationship with your candidates and it’s it difficult to watch them leave.
What is the best piece of first aid advice you have for parents?
The best piece of advice that I have for parents is to familiarize themselves with basic first aid in the event of an emergency. As parents spend the majority of their time with their children, these skills will prevent and treat common injuries that occur to children.
If you wish you could tell the whole world one thing about what you do, what would it be?
If I could tell the whole world one thing about what I do, that would be that I teach first aid. I teach first aid because enjoy sharing my knowledge and making people comfortable in any rescue situation in the future.
Be calm, be confident & think common sense!
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