Students show off their first aid skills in Singapore Red Cross competition

SINGAPORE - More than 300 youth from the Singapore Red Cross attended the National First Aid Competition on Saturday, which saw primary and secondary school students tackling simulated emergencies.

The team from Bukit Panjang Primary School beat last year's champions Coral Primary School to take first place in their category. For the secondary school students, Northbrooks Secondary School came out tops.

Raffles Institution also won first prize in the Awareness category, for the most innovative way to promote first aid. The students put up a skit using a mannequin to show right and wrong first aid techniques.

Junior college and polytechnic chapters also conducted disaster management demonstrations based on a scenario in which a primary school collapsed.

The event, which lasted a full day at HDB Hub in Toa Payoh, has been organised annually since 1968. MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC Denise Phua was the guest of honour at this year's event.

An estimated two in 10 Singaporeans are trained in first aid. The national goal is to have a first aider in every home by 2020.