Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean launched the Citizen First Responder Training Programme yesterday.

Organised by the National Resuscitation Council (NRC) and National First Aid Council, the programme covers first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training in five hours.

It was launched at Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, where 400 residents were certified as the pioneer batch of Citizen First Responders.

DPM Teo said: "You have taken this important step to empower yourselves to save lives, in the community, at work, and in public places.

"Together, we can promote self-help, care for one another and make Singapore a more resilient community."

DPM Teo also presented the Survivor Awards Singapore to those who have helped survivors of cardiac arrest.

The award is jointly organised by the Unit for Pre-hospital Emergency Care and the NRC.

Those interested in the course, which costs $45, can register by calling the Singapore Red Cross Academy at 6664 0565.