The last thing Craig Kidd thought he would be doing on the way home from a first aid course was administering first aid.
But that is exactly what he did earlier this year when a car in front of him on the Hume Freeway rolled, and with his first aid skills fresh in his mind, he "kicked into gear".
The Albury TAFE hospitality teacher is hoping his story will encourage everyone to get their first aid certificate.
Mr Kidd was on his way back from the course in Tumut when 30 kilometres north of Holbrook a car drifted to the left off the highway and rolled.
"I was the second car behind them and was probably only 300 metres away," Mr Kidd said.
"I just kicked into gear and pulled over ready to help these people before emergency services arrived.
"Luckily the driver in the car in front of me who also pulled over was a fireman and knew how to get the people out of the car safely.
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"The two people weren't hurt too badly thankfully but mainly we just treated hem for shock until the ambulance arrived."
Mr Kidd said it was the last thing he expected to do but his immediate response was "I just hoped they were OK".
"So you just go into this mindset that you need to help them and having the first aid course fresh in my mind definitely helped," he said.
"They had cuts and grazes and luckily the firey could get the seats out of the car and get them out that way.
"We then wrapped them in a blanket to help them with the shock."
The woman was complaining of a sore back and Mr Kidd said he knew they had to keep her from sitting down.
"If she had any issues with her back the last thing we wanted to do was make it worse by sitting her down," he said.
"You just never know when you are going to need to use your first aid skills and it is something everyone should have."
Mr Kidd said it was particularly important for people in rural areas.
"The trainer I had during my refresher course came off a property and had a family who were into all types of sports," he said.
"She talked about first aid in those rural areas and sporting events and the different instances you will need to use it."
Mr Kidd is encouraging everyone across the Border to do their first aid course with his employer Albury TAFE now offering The Statement of Attainment in Provide First Aid course.
It is an 18-hour course but gives students the flexibility of eight hours pre-work online, followed by a day on campus for practice and assessment.
"It is a life skill everyone should have in their repertoire," Mr Kidd said.
The Border Mail