The Scottish Borders take CPR to heart

P5 pupils at Chirnside Primary School share their life-saving skills!

The Scottish Borders take CPR to heart

The blog below is from a teacher, First Responder, HeartStart instructor for the British Heart Foundation, and a UK Community Instructor for the Royal Life Saving Society. We are so chuffed he has shared his story with us!

This year, the pupils at Chirnside Primary School in Berwickshire chose The British Heart Foundation as the charity they wanted to support. This was a process run entirely by the school’s Pupil Council and the final choice to support BHF was a decisive one.

The village and locality which Chirnside Primary serves also has the area’s only Ambulance Station and the children are all too aware of the number of times an ambulance is called to an emergency, as the vehicles pass the front of the school building, very often with sirens and blue lights.

I work regularly with the local ambulance crews as a Community First Responder and am also a UK Community Instructor for the Royal Life Saving Society and a “HeartStart” instructor for The British Heart Foundation.

I wanted to spread the message being promoted by “Save A Life For Scotland” and recently used my CPR skills alongside the excellent resources from the “SALFS” website to train my Primary 5 class. The experience worked so well that the pupils went on to support the CPR training of the school’s Primary 3 and Primary 1 classes.

The plan for the next school year is to refresh the skills and knowledge of these newly trained pupils and then to use them to ‘buddy train’ the remaining pupils across all of the other classes in the school – 170 children in total.

‘Early intervention’, a well proven link in the ‘chain of survival’,  is an important message in saving lives and it is apt that its importance is being taken in to primary schools where children are being given the skills and knowledge to become CPR Heroes in the making.


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