Putting out fires isn’t the only way to save lives

Watch manager John Barr and crew manager Christine Anderson with the CRP traning equipment available at Motherwell Community Fire Station
Watch manager John Barr and crew manager Christine Anderson with the CRP traning equipment available at Motherwell Community Fire Station
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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with the British Heart Foundation to help members of the public to teach themselves CPR.

The service has agreed to house CPR kits and DVD training videos at its 356 stations across Scotland and anyone can arrange a time to visit and learn how to become a lifesaver.

This partnership is one part of the service’s commitment to support the Scottish Government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy, which aims to save an extra 1,000 lives in Scotland by 2020.

SFRS assistant chief officer and director of service delivery Dave Boyle said: “Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local fire officer or fire station and arrange a visit and some training.

“The training will empower people and give them the skills they need to deliver life-saving assistance to anyone suffering from cardiac arrest.

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