SFRS staff help raise vital funds for British Heart Foundation
13 June 2017
Firefighters and staff in Aberdeen wore red to show their support for the cause
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has helped to raise vital funds for British Heart Foundation by taking part in the ‘Wear It Beat It’ campaign.
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. Firefighters and staff from the North Service Delivery Area Headquarters at Dyce, Aberdeen, donned red and took take part in a variety of fundraising activities to support British Heart Foundation in its fight against heart disease. SFRS Deputy Assistant Chief Officer (DACO) Andy Coueslant said: “Through our ongoing partnership with British Heart Foundation, we are thrilled to be able to support the charity in its aim to raise money for life-saving research into heart disease. “We hope this event raises further awareness and supports the vital work undertaken by the charity.” All of Scotland’s 356 fire stations are equipped with CPR training kits, which were donated by British Heart Foundation last year. The partnership is part of both organisations’ commitment to the Scottish Government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest strategy, which aims to save 1000 lives by 2020. Each fire station also offers the public the opportunity to take part in CPR training sessions free of charge.
DACO Coueslant said: “When someone goes into cardiac arrest, their heart is not pumping properly and every passing second could mean the difference between life and death.
“But performing immediate CPR can keep oxygen circulating around the body until the arrival of medical professionals or a defibrillator.
“That is why it is so important that as many people as possible are trained in this life-saving skill.
“I’m delighted that every fire station in Scotland offers CPR training free of charge, which is a hugely beneficial service.”