Firefighters are urging the people of Callander to come down to Callander fire station this weekend to learn potentially life-saving CPR skills.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with the British Heart Foundation to help save lives across the country by providing fire stations with CPR kits, training mannequins and training DVDs.
Callander Firefighters will be in the station at Geisher Road, Lagrannoch Industrial Estate, Callander for two sessions on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 November. These short sessions will run from 10 – 12pm and 1-3pm.
Anyone can register to take part in a short training session to learn the skills which could save the life of someone suffering from a cardiac arrest.
Every year around 3,500 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in Scotland – but only one in 20 of them will survive to return home. When someone goes into cardiac arrest their heart is not pumping and every second counts. Performing immediate CPR can keep oxygen circulating around the body until medical professionals arrive and it only takes about half-an-hour to learn the technique.
Station Manager Gordon Kerr said: “This training will equip people with the skills they need to deliver life-saving assistance to anyone suffering from cardiac arrest. This event is part of our commitment to supporting Scotland's Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy and Save a Life for Scotland campaign which aims to dramatically increase survival chances and save as many as 1,000 lives by 2020 ’’.
Callander Firefighters put their training into practice recently when they were sent to a cardiac arrest in the town on the Friday, 7 October. Their actions, as well as the actions of those present when the incident occurred at the Caledonian Country Wear store, saved the life of Callander resident Ken Roberts.
Ken visited the crew at the station earlier this month to show his appreciation and gave his full support to the initiative which is being undertaken by the crew.
Station Manager Kerr added: “Our 356 fire stations are in a position to act as a base for local people to learn these vital skills and anyone can drop in and learn CPR. Alternatively, our firefighters can take the equipment to local schools or community groups on request."
To find out more about how Scotland's emergency services and charities are joining together to save lives after cardiac arrest visit Save a Life for Scotland at www.savealife.scot
If you wish to register to attend one of our training sessions please call Watch Manager Keith Corrieri on 07786050474 to confirm your place.