Aberdeen firefighters help train almost 350 potential lifesavers in CPR

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Save a Life for Scotland partners thank the public for attending the event in Union Square.


Firefighters helped almost 350 people learn the skills that could save the life of someone suffering from a cardiac arrest.

The CPR event at on Saturday 25 June at Aberdeen’s Union Square involved Scottish Fire and rescue Service (SFRS) crews and their Save a Life for Scotland partners - British Heart Foundation and British Red Cross.

Of the 349 people who learned the technique 280 had no prior first aid training.

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 Andy Buchan said: "We would like to thank the people of Aberdeen for coming along to this event and become potential lifesavers and Union Square for their support.

"Our 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.

“Our 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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