Challenge! Learning through First Aid Experiences aboard a Former Antarctic Research Vessel

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Japanese Red Cross Chiba Chapterheld a first aid experience program called “Challenging to Be a First Aid Provider” at the “Challenging SHIRASE 2015” event for parents and children aboard the Shirase, a former Antarctic research vessel, on July 20, 2015. Approximately 200 parents and children learned how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator) and practiced cardiac massage and artificial respiration.

The Shirase served as an Antarctic research vessel for 25 years. When it was retired in 2008, it was purchased by Weathernews Inc., a weather information service provider, and transferred to the WNI WxBunka Foundation. The ship is currently tied up at a quay in Funabashi, Chiba, and will also be used as a reception facility for people who have difficulty returning home in the aftermath of a disaster.

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The event was sponsored by the WNI WxBunka Foundation and challenged children to realize their dreams through various job-related experiences, including being a sailor and a weather forecaster. During the first aid experience program, children earnestly practiced cardiac massage. One parent said, “It was my strong hope that my kid would have such an experience,” and another said, “I want my kid to help others someday in the future.”