BHF teams up with fire brigade to save a life

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Every fire station in Scotland is now equipped to act as a CPR training centre

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27th October 2015 by Paul Cardwell 0 Comments

Every fire station in Scotland now has training equipment to teach members of the public how to save a life thanks to a partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland.

The BHF has placed its Call Push Rescue CPR training kits in each of Scotland’s 356 fire stations operated by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

The kit contains a short DVD and practice materials for people looking to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills.

Dave Boyle, Catherine Kelly and John Miller, station manager at Tollcross Fire Station, Edinburgh

Dave Boyle, Catherine Kelly and John Miller, station manager at Tollcross Fire Station, Edinburgh

The training takes no more than 30 minutes and community groups can contact their local fire station, both full-time and retained, to arrange a time to go to a station, watch the DVD and practice what they are shown. 

Catherine Kelly, director of prevention, survival and support at the BHF, said: “BHF Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue service are passionate about saving lives.

“We firmly believe that our unique partnership, to bring life-saving CPR skills to every Scottish community, will mean fewer families will experience the devastation of losing a loved one.”

Assistant chief officer and director of service delivery for SFRS, Dave Boyle, said: “Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is proud to be working in partnership with BHF Scotland in a bid to help train as many people as possible in the use of CPR across Scotland.

“We are extremely grateful to the BHF for providing the CPR kits and we hope this initiative will save hundreds of lives in the weeks, months and years to come.”

For more information on the BHF’s Call Push Rescue Kit visit bhf.org.uk/cpr.