Kent Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the national Restart a Heart campaign by encouraging members of the public to take part in free life-support sessions taking place at selected fire stations next week.
In the UK less than one in ten people survive a cardiac arrest and the Restart a Heart campaign aims to provide hands-on training to help increase these survival rates.
Cardiac arrests can occur anywhere, for example in the street, at work, or while exercising or doing other strenuous activity. Unfortunately, the vast majority happen at home, where family are the only witnesses and the ones with the chance to save their loved ones.
The initiative aims to teach people what to do should they face such a situation, to help increase the chance of survival.
The 30-minute sessions, run by the fire crew and supported by KFRS Emergency Life Support Instructors and Community Safety team, will include basic life-support training and CPR as well as a myth-busting session about defibrillators.
Public drop-in sessions will be taking place at the following stations:
- Sevenoaks Fire Station - Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October (10am to 4pm)
- Tunbridge Wells Fire Station - Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 October (6.30pm to 8pm), Saturday 15 October (10am to 4pm) and Tues 18 October (10am to 4pm)
- Paddock Wood Fire Station- Saturday 15 October (10am to 4pm)
- Marden Fire Station - Sunday 16 October (10am to 4pm).
KFRS Community Safety Service Delivery Manager Neil Parr said: “We are proud to support this initiative and our crews are looking forward to welcoming members of the community into our fire stations to teach them essential life-support skills. In just 30 minutes you will learn what to do to potentially save the life of someone who has had a cardiac arrest.”
Restart a Heart is a Europe-wide initiative created by the European Resuscitation Council which aims to reach as many people as it can. It includes the provision of life-saving skills in schools to as many pupils and teachers as possible. The initiative is being supported by the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust who have teamed up with the Resuscitation Council UK and the British Heart Foundation to increase the number of people trained in CPR.
In addition to the public drop-in sessions, KFRS’s Community Safety Team will be supporting the scheme by delivering Start a Heart sessions in a selection of schools across the county during the national initiative.