Seven Kings firefighter and paramedics to teach pupils first aid in India
PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 September 2015
Paramedics from around the country and a firefighter are set to teach vital first aid skills at Indian schools.
London Fire Brigade’s Parvinder Singh, 51, from Seven Kings, and paramedic Ricky Lawrence, 55, who used to live in Ilford, are preparing to fly out to West Bengal to pass on their wisdom and lifesaving skills to youngsters who are less able to pay for healthcare.
Parvinder, a founding member of the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA), will be visiting St Xaviers English School in Chaibasa, and Sacred Heart Convent School in Bistupur, with Ricky and members of The National Ambulance Black Minority Ethnic Forum (NABMEF).
Parvinder, who works in Bethnal Green, said: “I’m proud to be the only firefighter in a team of paramedics who are visiting areas of India where first aid skills aren’t widely taught.
“Having served east London for the past 28 years, I wanted to give something to back to rural communities that don’t have easy access to trained first responders in the event of an emergency.”
Bethnal Green station manager Keith Wilson said: “Pav is a credit to the brigade and everyone at the station is behind him 100 per cent.”
NABMEF chairman Ricky said the trip was about “reaching out” to those who need help.
“There’s no NHS there – you’re basically on your own,” he said.
“It’s all very basic stuff – the infrastructure isn’t that well-developed in those areas.”
He added: “We wanted to reach out and show that there are people out here in the UK thinking about them.”
The team, which includes Sam Grimson (West Midlands Ambulance Service), Dennis Moss (Wales Ambulance Service), Neville Levy (South Western Ambulance Service) and Anand Pillai (East of England Ambulance Service), will be setting off at the end of the month.
Visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/parvinder-singh-1 to help pay for medical supplies and literature to teach with.