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Life saving training on offer in Cumbria this summer

LIFE saving training is on offer to people in Cumbira this summer.

Last year Cumbria County Council’s then Chairman Alan Barry ran the ‘Keep Cumbria’s Hearts Beating’ campaign – a publicity and fundraising effort to install defibrillators in businesses and public areas across the county that are available 24 hours a day.

As a result of the campaign, Lakeland Limited have put defibrillators in place at the company’s Windermere store and Kendal depot that will be accessible to members of the public.

Quick access to a defibrillator can greatly increase the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims and the machines are designed to provide verbal instructions on how to operate them and will only deliver a shock if they don’t detect a heartbeat – thereby ensuring they are not used in the wrong situations.

To coincide with Lakeland Limited’s installation of defibrillators Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is offering free HeartStart courses in South Lakeland.

HeartStart teaches basic life support and covers areas including performing CPR, dealing with a suspected heart attack victim, general care of a casualty and the use of defibrillators.

The South Lakeland sessions are taking place at the following times and locations:

Kendal Fire Station

Friday 30 May 2pm-4pm

Friday 27 June 10am-12noon

Windermere Fire Station

Thursday 24 July 2pm-4pm

Thursday 31 July 6pm-8pm

CFRS has been teaching basic life support to members of the public, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, schools, youth groups, women’s institutes and young farmers for more than a decade and it is estimated that around 5,000 people have been trained over the past five years.

The training is delivered, in partnership with the British Heart Foundation and the North West Ambulance Service Community First Responders, by CFRS firefighters, staff and volunteers across the length and breadth of Cumbria.

Councillor Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Each year around 270,000 people in Britain have heart attacks and with quick treatment being crucial to the chances of survival, knowing what to do if a family member, friend or colleague suffers a coronary can literally mean the difference between life and death.

“I’d encourage anybody interested in learning the skills that could save a life to spare a couple of hours of their time and book on to a HeartStart course.”

To book a place on one of the South Lakeland courses contact CFRS volunteer coordinator Nicola Jackson on 07825 011005 or email volunteers@cumbriafire.gov.uk

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