Good numbers for ‘Restart a Heart’ day

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Almost 50 Deesiders turned out to their local fire station on European ‘Restart A Heart’ day last week to learn the life saving technique of CPR.

Banchory, Aboyne and Ballater were amongst the 365 Scottish Fire Stations participating in the event.

SFRS has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to help save lives across the country by providing fire stations as a base for members of the public to teach themselves CPR.

The BHF has provided stations with instructional DVDs and training dummies to assist the crew members with teaching the correct techniques.

The partnership launched on European Restart a Heart Day (Friday, October 16).

This is set to be an annual event organised by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).

It is designed to raise cardiac arrest awareness by teaching members of the public how to restart a heart after a cardiac arrest.

SFRS station manager Stuart Cruickshank was at Banchory on Friday and said he was delighted with the turnout.

“The CPR event is a start to a more proactive activity SFRS will undertake to support the Scottish Government’s initiative which aims to save an extra 1,000 lives in Scotland by 2020.

“It is anticipated a more local management of this activity will be confirmed as a result of this day which will be communicated to fire service personnel once the whole day has been analysed.”

In the meantime, local groups and individuals will be able to contact their local fire stations to arrange meetings with the crew members.