Romania entered the Guiness Book of World Records on Tuesday for the highest number of participants in a first aid training course (7,402), managing to surpass Mexico’s record (6,577), Mediafax informs. The course, organized by the Bucharest Rescue Service and the Bucharest Ambulance Service on the Dinamo stadium, lasted for half an hour. 7,402 Bucharesters learned how to offer first aid to a person that loses consciousness in the street.
Undersecretary of State Raed Arafat stated that he is proud for Romania’s performance and that this is a signal that first aid starts with the common man. “People are the most important part of the emergency system and at the same time the least trained part in offering first aid,” Arafat added.
Guiness World Records representative Anna Orford, present at the event, was impressed with the high number of Romanians that took part in the training course.
Dr. Alis Grasu, manager of the Bucharest Ambulance Service, thanked all those that took part in the competition and helped topple the world record set in 2010. “I thank all those that supported us in this project, all those that had confidence in us. We made it, it’s our victory, the victory of all Romanians, of the emergency medical system,” Alis Grasu stated.