Thousands learn potentially life-saving CPR on Restart A Heart Day 2018

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is proud to support Restart A Heart Day 2018 – which will see over 200,000 people trained in life-saving CPR today (Tuesday, October 16).

The fifth annual Restart A Heart campaign aims to unite organisations and emergency service partners as they join together to equip as many people as possible with the skills to perform CPR.

If CPR is started early, it can double the person’s chances of survival – and the more people educated in crucial life-saving techniques, the more lives that could potentially be saved.

Training and promotion events are being hosted in schools, community centres, hospitals and emergency service stations here in Scotland, across the UK, and all over the world.

In addition to SFRS, partners, and emergency service colleagues across the UK, this year's Restart A Heart campaign will also involve members of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) - made up of organisations in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand Committee, South Africa and Asia.

Members of the public can be shown CPR for free at any of Scotland's 356 fire station all throughout the year thanks to a pioneering partnership between SFRS and the British Heart Foundation, which was launched in 2015.

Assistant Chief Officer David McGown is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's Director of Prevention and Protection.

He said: “We are proud to support Restart A Heart Day 2018, alongside our partners and emergency service colleagues.

“When someone goes into cardiac arrest their heart is not pumping properly and every passing second could mean the difference between life and death.

“But performing immediate CPR can keep oxygen circulating around the body until the arrival of medical professionals or a defibrillator.

“That’s why it’s so important for as many people as possible to be shown CPR, and I would urge everyone to take time to learn.

“Our crews can show you how at your local fire station, or we will come to your workplace or group – simply contact your local fire station for more information.

“The input is completely free of charge and typically takes less than one hour to complete.

“By taking just a little time out of your day to learn this skill, you could end up saving someone’s life.”

You can learn CPR for FREE at any fire station in Scotland – simply contact your local station for more information. 

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