Fifers encouraged to take part in Save a Life Scotland Day

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Fifers are being encouraged to learn how to save a life by taking part in special CPR training sessions at local fire stations tomorrow (Friday).

Glenrothes Fire Station and Lochgelly Fire Station will be open from 2p.m - 4p.m to provide CPR training to the local community to support Save a Life Scotland Day.

The national events on October 16 tie in with European Restart a Heart Day.

The move comes as Scottish Government statistics show around 3500 people in Scotland attempt resuscitation each year with only one in five surviving a cardiac arrest.

The British Heart Foundation is working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and is providing Call Push Rescue training kits for the sessions which cover: how and when to perform CPR on an adult or child, how to place someone in the recovery position and how to use a defibrillator.

The kits consist of: an educational DVD demonstrating how to perform CPR, an inflatable manikin allowing trainees to practice the procedure and take home guidance.

Iain Brocklebank, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This CPR training takes less than 30 minutes to complete and is a great opportunity for local people to acquire the knowledge to enable them to make an immediate, skilled and potentially lifesaving response to a cardiac emergency occurring in their

community, or indeed their home.

“It is possible to survive and recover from a cardiac arrest – the heart going into irregular contractions - if you get the right treatment quickly.

“A defibrillator, which gives an electric shock through the chest wall can allow the heart to regain its normal

rhythm.”

He continued: “However, we need to make people aware that immediate CPR can be used to keep oxygen circulating around the body until a defibrillator can be used and/or until the ambulance arrives, thus providing the initial lifesaving steps to prevent long term damage.”

Councillor Margaret Kennedy, chairman of Fife Safer Communities Committee said: “I am delighted to offer support to the efforts of our Fire and Rescue colleagues.

“The Safer Communities Committee has already expressed support, and indeed encouraged, the community resilience around responding to heart attack incidents.

“There is good medical evidence available which emphasises the importance of early intervention in these clinical emergencies so the more we can provide knowledge and expertise within our communities the better it will be in terms of outcomes for those who may be unfortunate to experience such an event.”