Yesterday I read about the fun-loving, passionate Linda Read from Chandler’s Ford through Janet’s post.
Is there a difference between St John and British Red Cross?
No. There is not really much difference between St John and Red Cross. We both follow the same first aid manual (the first aid manual is written by the Three Voluntary first aid organisations*). There might be minor differences in the syllabuses, but what is taught for each topic would be the same.
Obviously as far as first aid is concerned, both organisations are competing for the same business, so there’s a bit of rivalry but – as far as I’ve seen at a local level – it’s pretty friendly rivalry. If someone is bleeding, does it really matter whether the bandage comes out of a Red Cross or a St John Ambulance bag?
As I see it, the Red Cross was founded as a humanitarian organisation and, at least in this country, first aid is one way of fulfilling that aim. St John Ambulance was founded as a first aid organisation, but also does other humanitarian work.
Red Cross Parcels
Red Cross/Red Crescent is possibly more internationally recognised and does a lot of work in war zones. St John Ambulance generally operates only in Commonwealth countries and tends to do more “general health service” type things. But the two organisations do work together – for example, Red Cross parcels sent out during the war were actually jointly organised by Red Cross and St John Ambulance.
* St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, and St Andrew’s Association (operates in Scotland where SJA doesn’t).