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KFRS to support Restart a Heart initiative 2017

KFRS to support Restart a Heart initiative 2017

KFRS is offering free basic life-support training
KFRS is offering free basic life-support training

2 October 2017

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is offering vital basic life-support training in support of the national Restart a Heart campaign which runs from 10 to 16 October 2017.

The campaign encourages members of the public and school children to take part in free life-support sessions taking place at various locations across the country.

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.   

Restart a Heart aims to teach people what to do should they face such a situation, to help increase the chance of survival.

KFRS involvement includes free drop-in sessions for the public delivered by firefighters, with the support of KFRS emergency life support instructors, community safety (CS) service delivery team and KFRS volunteers. The 30-minute sessions include basic life-support training and CPR, as well as a myth-busting session about defibrillators.

The community safety service delivery team are also set to deliver Restart a Heart sessions in around 40 primary schools across Kent and Medway to approximately 1,500 year 6 pupils, on behalf of SECAmb.

Public drop-in sessions will be taking place at the following locations:    

  • Tunbridge Wells fire station:     Friday 13 October 1600-1900, Saturday 14 October 1000-1300, Monday 16 October 1600-1900.   

  • Chatham fire station:                 Wednesday 11 October 1000-1300  

  • Ramsgate fire station:               Monday 9 October 1830-2130, Sunday 15 October 1000-1600.

  • Margate fire station:                   Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 October 1000,1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, Tuesday 10 October 1400-1700.

  • Herne Bay fire station:               Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 October 1000, 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600.

  • Dartford fire station:                   Tuesday 10 October 1100-1500

  • Thames-side fire station:           Tuesday 10, Friday 13  and Monday 16 October 1100-1500 Friday 13 1830 - 2000

  • Larkfield fire station                   Thursday 12 and Saturday 14 October 1100-1500

  • Sevenoaks fire station:              Monday 16 October 1000-1600

  • Westerham fire station:              Wednesday 11, Tuesday 10 and Friday 13 October 1100-1500

  • Swanley fire station:                   Wednesday 11 October 1100-1500

Ashford firefighters will also be visiting Ashford College to offer a drop-in sessions to students on Thursday 12 October 1100-1300 and further ad-hoc sessions are being offered to the public by the CS service delivery team at Bluewater Shopping Centre at: The Safer Home, Upper Thames Walk on 11, 12, 13 and 16 October.

KFRS Community Safety Service Delivery Manager Neil Parr said: “In just 30 minutes those taking part in one of the Restart a Heart sessions on offer will learn what to do to potentially save the life of someone who has had a cardiac arrest. We are proud to support this initiative and are looking forward to passing on these essential life-support skills to a wide cross section of our community and we would encourage people to come along – you could actually save a life with what you learn.”

Note to editors:

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.

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