Station crew fired up to teach vital first aid

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Firefighters at Stornoway Fire Station are eager to teach CPR using pioneering equipment and a DVD, provided by the British Heart Foundation.

Every fire station in Scotland has now received CPR training equipment allowing crews to take the initiative and teach CPR. The project called ‘Call Push Rescue’ and has been funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Stornoway Fire Station staged an open day on October 16 to launch the station’s commitment to CPR teaching.

Watch manager, John Campbell, explained the importance of the new equipment.

“With this equipment we can now act as a base for local people to learn vital resuscitation skills.”

Mr Campbell has served the fire service for 38 years and believes that training the public in life saving skills is incredibly important.

“It doesn’t take long to learn CPR using this new equipment”, said Mr Campbell, “and we look forward to being proactive in the community. We’ll try to teach CPR whilst continuing our usual operational duties.

“As the watch manager here I know that Western Isles fire crews are proud to be involved in this initiative to teach CPR to the people we serve.”

The format to be used by is the presentation of DVD interjected with practical demonstrations. The DVD demonstrates how to do CPR while trainees practise along using infaltable manikins.

No instructor is needed since all the techniques are featured in the DVD.

Firefighter Angus Murray was delighted to see the teaching equipment arrive at the fire station, and he too is enthusiastic about its potential to teach lifesaving skills.

“This training gives enough knowledge to be able to intervene whilst waiting on an ambulance. Doing nothing is not a productive move in an emergency. We look forward to businesses and schools approaching us for new training.”

Pictured are Watch Manager, John Campbell, and firefighter, Angus Murray, who were proud to receive the CPR teaching kits.