And there is growing interest in schools to not only save lives but also push the important message that prevention is better than cure.
Students from the Jubilee Catholic Secondary School are the latest to graduate from the first aid in schools program.
A total of 358 Grade Nine students recently received certificates.
St John Ambulance head of Commercial training, Alicia Gegera, thanked the Sir Brian Bell Foundation for the funding made available in rolling out such programs in schools.
St John Assistant Commissioner, Rigona Rita, thanked the students from Jubilee for taking part in the two-week training, encouraging them to put what they learnt into practice, and that St John has voluntary services if the students want to help in community services.
Jubilee Secondary School Principal, Mrs Bernadette Ove, said first aid is an essential part of the process of learning and vital in terms of emergency cases, and thanked St John Ambulance and Sir Brian Bell Foundation for the training, challenging her students to apply what they have learnt when needed.
And the students wasted no time in utilizing their new skills from training they received, applying their first aid skills to a fellow student who was hurt.
CEO of the Sir Brian Bell Foundation, Bronwyn Wright, said it was a pleasure to be able to see youths embracing the program, learning new skills, and sharing these first aid skills with friends and family.