Restart A Heart event being held by SFRS at Fort William in 2016

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Group Manager for Lochaber Pat McElhinney urging residents to visit fire station on 9 January and learn how they can become life-savers


Picture shows Group Manager Pat McElhinney (front centre) with other emergency service partners and SFRS Board Member Michael Foxley when the kits arrived at Fort William last month

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is urging members of the public in Lochaber to become potential life-savers by taking part in a short training session to learn CPR.

Group Manager Pat McElhinney has arranged an open day in Fort William as part of the CPR ”Restart a Heart” campaign, which was launched in partnership with the British Heart Foundation last month.

All 356 of Scotland’s fire stations received a Call Push Rescue kit, including a self-teach DVD and manikin, from the British Heart Foundation.

The campaign is part of the service’s commitment to support the Scottish Government’s Save A Life For Scotland campaign and it’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest strategy. It is hoped the campaign can save 1000 extra lives by 2020.

The event will be held at Fort William fire station on 9 January 2016 and will run between 10am and 4pm.

GM McElhinney said: “The self-teach DVD and practical session only take about 25 minutes to complete and those who volunteer for the training will possess the skills which could save the life of someone suffering from cardiac arrest.

“I would like as many community members to receive this very important training as it could literally save a life in our area. In a rural area like ours, reaction time will make the difference between life and death and this training could make the difference.”

Members of the public who are interested are asked to visit the fire station on the day. If people want to come as a group (scouts, work colleagues, cadets or just a group of friends) please contact the Fort William fire service district office on 01397 707670 to book a time.

GM McElhinney said: “We can train 10 persons per 25 minute session so it is possible to train over 140 persons in the day if all sessions are full.”

Firefighter Alan Knox is the “Restart a Heart” co-ordinator for the Fort William event and he will be attending to assist.