We were lucky enough to have Ricky Dibble and Derick Graham from Scottish Fire & Rescue Service at the club today. Michael Gardyne and Martin Woods were taught CPR by Ricky and Derick using kit donated by the British Heart Foundation as part of a pioneering partnership between the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and BHF that will give communities across Scotland the opportunity to learn life-saving skills.
All 356 of SFRS’s fire stations recently took delivery of a BHF-donated Call Push Rescue training kit and each station will now act as a base for local people to learn vital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills and potentially save someone’s life if they go into cardiac arrest.
It takes just 30 minutes to learn CPR using the Call Push Rescue kit and it’s taught by DVD so there’s no need to organise a trainer. Community groups will be able to contact their local fire station, both full-time and retained, to arrange a time to go to a station, watch the DVD and practice with the kit.
Call Push Rescue is part of the BHF’s ambition to create a Nation of Lifesavers across the UK, where everyone will have the skills to help save a life when someone goes into cardiac arrest.
The BHF Scotland and SFRS partnership supports the Scottish Government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy, which BHF Scotland is also advising on. The strategy aims to increase survival rates so that an extra 1000 lives are saved by 2020.
To join the Nation of Lifesavers and get the BHF’s Call Push Rescue Kit visit www.bhf.org.uk/cpr