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Potential future recruits grab opportunity to learn life-saving CPR

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Men and women interested in becoming firefighters visited Inverness Fire Station's Information Day and some learned CPR using the British Heart Foundation donated kits

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Members of the public who visited the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Firefighter Information Day last week were given an opportunity to learn potentially life-saving CPR skills.

Men and women turned out in numbers to learn about what it takes to be a modern day firefighter and jumped at the chance to learn CPR using the self-teach kit and manikins, which we donated to all 356 of Scotland’s fire stations by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The partnership between SFRS and the BHF underlines the commitment of both organisations in supporting the Scottish Government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest strategy and the Save a Life for Scotland campaign.

The aim of the strategy is to save an extra 1000 lives by the year 2020 by encouraging as many people as possible to visit their local fire station and teach themselves CPR.

Group Manager Fraser Nixon said: “We had an excellent response to our Firefighter Information Day and we thought it was a great opportunity to encourage future recruits to learn some potentially life-saving skills during the day.”

If anyone would like to learn CPR they are encouraged to get in touch with their local Scottish Fire and Rescue Service personnel and arrange a mutually agreeable time and date to visit the station and use the self-teach DVD and manikin.

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