8.1.20 ~ Heart Start Training

Health and Wellbeing Week ~ 6th – 10th January 2020

On Wednesday morning we welcomed Rupert Wilson, Ambulance Technician from the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and Watch Commander Mark MacFarlane and Crew Commander Katrina Taylor from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS.)

They showed us how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED.) They also went over how to respond in a medical emergency. Can your child recall what DRSABC stands for? Perhaps you could explain it by adding a comment to this post?

Mark and Katrina helped us to practise our CPR skills in pairs, using dummies lent to us from Glen Urquhart High School and Drumnadrochit Fire Station. They also showed us to put someone in the recovery position (if they are breathing.)

Rupert demonstrated several different training AEDs to us, then we got to have a go in small groups!

We learned that you must make sure that the emergency services been called before you begin CPR, as it’s really important to keep going until ambulance or fire service staff arrive.

In Glenurquhart, we have a team of First Responders who are trained in CPR and who carry an AED. There is also an AED outside Drumnadrochit Fire Station, and the Firefighters have an AED on their Fire Appliance too.


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