My Name is Wajdi al-Qak. I have been a volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent since 2012.
During the first workshop with SARC, one of the trainers asked me, ’why you want to volunteer’? I remember that I answered without thinking; I want to wear the red clothes and be a first aide.
We follow the first aid basics that we have been trained in during all cases. We see many people but one of those who I cannot forget is a woman who unable to move after an explosion happened beside her house and she was living alone.We learned from her neighbors she is still stuck after we transferred a huge number of people to the hospitals. I did not forgot her eyes looking to me…and how she was praying for us non-stop……..the house was destroyed…and terror was surrounding us…she was alone and could not move…
Thanks God, she was not injured but she was one of the cases that most affected me. The first aid culture should be spread in the community, so people can understand our work and know how to help a sick or injured person or save a life.
The strongest feeling I have always is that it is a big responsibility as a first aide and a team leader to maintain the safety of paramedics and patients alike …in the end we can rest and feel comfortable when we know that we did everything and provided what we can to save people’s lives.