Stirling school pupils learn vital water safety skills

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60 pupils from Stirling High School took part in this water safety event


School pupils in Stirling were thrown a Lifeline – by learning vital water safety skills.

Over 300 people in the UK tragically die every year after tripping, falling or simply underestimating the risks of being near water.

Now, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with Stirling High school to pilot a project to raise awareness of the dangers.

The local area has many areas of fast moving water such as Cambusbarron Quarry, Falls of Falloch and Alva Glen.

Marc Pincombe, Watch Manager at Stirling fire station says the goal is to develop and educate these young adults on how to protect themselves and others.

He said: "This was a fantastic opportunity to engage with and empower young people and give them some awareness and confidence with regard to lifesaving skills and water safety.

“Learning these skills will hopefully allow them to be more self-assured and decisive if they are ever in a situation where they have to use them.

“We want to prevent people from drowning and we are joining forces wherever possible and appropriate to raise awareness of the very clear and significant dangers.

“By working together we hope to reduce the number of casualties and fatalities in Scotland.”

A total of 60 pupils took part in the water safety event last week – learning not only water saving skills but vital CPR training.

Delighted pupils described the event as “a brilliant experience” and "Very helpful - I now feel far more confident if I ever have to use any of these techniques."

And this event will run again and hopefully incorporate all the schools in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area.

Deputy Head Teacher at Stirling High School Ally Macleod said: “Stirling High School new S6 pupils were delighted to participate in a Scottish Fire and Rescue safety event last week.

“The pupils participated in three workshops learning CPR, how to use a defibrillator and still water rescue techniques.

“The pupils understood the potential importance of developing these key lifesaving skills and enjoyed the hands on practical workshops.

“We would like to sincerely thank Watch Manager Marc Pincombe from Stirling Fire Station and all his colleagues for their help and support during this lifesaving skills training afternoon.”

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