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“The encouraging point is that the brain can be trained to respond to fear appropriately. And if we can reduce our own fear even a little bit by knowing what to do, we might be able to do better in terms of survival,” said Dr Steven Chow, President of the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Association of Malaysia (FPMPAM), that has launched the Citizen’s Action and Response in Emergencies (CARE) emergency training programme with St. John’s Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM).
“This is why fire drills should be mandatory as it dramatically reduces fear should the worst come to pass. Likewise, research into plane crashes has found that people who read the safety briefing cards are more likely to survive.” he added.