THIS week (July 11 to 15, 2016) Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will be visiting over 30 schools across the county to teach potentially life-saving CPR to young people as part of the Service’s first ever Healthy Heart Week.
Firefighters, support staff and volunteers will be taking CPR kits – provided by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) – into schools and during the sessions they will teach students how to perform chest compressions and give rescue breaths to help keep the heart’s blood pumping.
By the end of the week it’s hoped that around 3,000 young people will be trained lifesavers and know how to help someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.
It’s the first time GMFRS has held Healthy Heart Week – the aim of which is to train thousands of young people in basic life support skills and raise awareness of the importance of learning CPR.
GMFRS’ County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly said: “Building on the success of last October’s European Restart a Heart Day, the aim is to create a nation of lifesavers and improve survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests. There are more than 30,000 every year in the UK and less than one in 10 survive.
“GMFRS crews have been responding to cardiac arrests calls alongside colleagues at North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) since September 2015 and the initiative has proved to be a great success with many more people across Greater Manchester being given the best possible chance of survival.
“Now we want to build on that success by using the skills of our trained staff to provide free training sessions to others and spread the message about how important it is to know basic life support techniques including CPR and the use of defibrillators – ultimately our vision is to ensure that no child leaves school without knowing how to save a life.”
You can find out more about last year’s Restart a Heart Day – where thousands of young people learned CPR – on our website here: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/updates/news/16october2015_restart_a_heart_success/