Students across Warwickshire are continuing to receive emergency life support training thanks to Heart Shield, a Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service programme delivered in partnership with Public Health Warwickshire and volunteers from Jaguar Landrover’s Business Protection Department.
The main aim of the programme is to help ensure secondary school students are trained in vital skills such as Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). On Monday 16 October 2017, national ‘Restart a Heart Day’, 220 students from the Coleshill School attended the training. This is the largest number in a single day to receive the training in the 18 months since the programme was launched.
The Year 8 students (aged 12-13) took part in the hour long sessions which started with a DVD showing a cardiac arrest scenario and the benefits of bystander CPR. The students undertook practical CPR training, learning how to put someone in the recovery position and how to use a defibrillator.
In a bid to reduce the risk of having a heart attack later in life, students were given key healthy heart messages, including tips on healthy eating and physical activity to help influence their families and friends about reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease.
Talking about the programme, Area Commander David Pemberton, from Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, said: “As a service we are committed to helping keep our communities safe, and working with young people to learn these life-saving skills is so important. CPR in particular is a very useful skill to learn and can be used by almost anyone, anywhere. The more people we can get involved in this fantastic programme, the more lives we can help to save.”
Adrian Temple-Purcell, head of Year 8, said:
The Coleshill School strives to be at the heart of its community. We are proud that our students contribute to the area in which we live. The recent litter picking efforts of students and the continuing Heart Shield program are proof of this. The ability to save a life is surely a lesson we should all learn. We are proud to be part of this exciting day and this community.”