At first glance the room looked as if a disaster had struck; first aid equipment was spread everywhere, and seemingly injured people were being given first aid by those in attendance.
However, there was no emergency, and no one was injured. This was a first aid course being given to eight local participants on Nov. 27 and 28, and sponsored by the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Center.
Instructor Tony Dufficy, from Valley First Aid Kamloops, says after completing and passing the course each student will receive a three year Basic First Aid Certificate.
When asked why they were giving up their weekend for this program everyone said that they either needed a certificate as a requirement for their employment, or the certificate would help them to find a job.
During the course the participants worked hard to learn the procedures required, but it was not all serious business; there were lots of laughs when applying splints and bandages ended in something less than professional treatment.