Markinch teachers learn lifesaving skill

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Teachers from Markinch Primary were shown by firefighters in Glenrothes what to do if someone goes into cardiac arrest.


Teachers from Markinch Primary have been learning one of the most important lessons they might ever learn – how to save a life.

The teachers, on their first day back after the summer holidays, were shown by firefighters in Glenrothes what to do if someone goes into 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 Graham Arnott said: “Being able to perform emergency life support, a set of actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives, gives a casualty the best possible chance of survival.

“This was a great chance for us to pass on vital skills that could make the difference between life and death.”

The innovative partnership with the British Heart Foundation has equipped all 356 of Scotland's fire stations with Call Push Rescue training kits, to give communities right across the country the opportunity to learn life-saving skills.

The fire stations now act as a base for local people to learn these vital skills and potentially save someone's life if they go into cardiac arrest.

He added: "Anyone can drop into one of our fire stations and learn CPR. Alternatively, firefighters can take the kit and visit local schools or community groups and pass on their expertise.”

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


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