Teens pass basic first aid training

Teens pass basic first aid training

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 1:15pm 24th June 2019.

Over 1,200 children across Harrogate to learn basic first aid in school

  • Basic life saving first aid skills will be taught to over 12 hundred students across Harrogate.
  • It's thanks to Harrogate Lions, who've raised money to put on the training, delivered by St John Ambulance service.
  • Youngsters from St Aidan's School have completed St John training today

1,200 students from across Harrogate will be taught basic life-saving first aid skills this year.

Harrogate Lions are behind the campaign where 450 youngsters from St John Fisher and St Aidan took part in training last year.

It's expected over 1,200 teenagers will be put through the St John Ambulance first aid courses this year as more school's sign up to the scheme.

The training has been made possible by Harrogate Lions, who have fundraised money to pay for St John Ambulance staff to go into schools to carry out the course.

Bernadette Reid, a member of the Harrogate Lions club, said:

"If we can provide St John first aid training for as many young people as we could across Harrogate, it would give them CPR and basic life saving skills which they'd have for the rest of their life. It could be the difference between a life saved and a life lost."

Today (24 June 2019), year seven pupils from St Aidan's received their St John Ambulance first aid certificates after completing the course.

Head of Year Seven, Simon Taylor, said:

"It's a brilliant opportunity - it's the second year that we've worked with Harrogate Lions to do this and they've fantastically provided all the funding for it.

"We reviewed it last year and the students said they got loads out of it - we had really positive feedback.

"It's not something that we'd be able to do necessarily if we didn't have the support of Harrogate Lions, so we're extremely grateful."

Back in January, it was announced basic life-saving skills and first aid will be a compulsory part of education.

Education secretary Damian Hinds says it's vital children know things like CPR.

There are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year and fewer than 10% of these people survive.

The survival rates double, however, in countries where CPR is taught in schools.

Now the government says that from 2020 learning those key skills should be mandatory for every pupil.

By the time they leave secondary school, all youngsters will have been taught how to administer CPR, the purpose of defibrillators, and basic treatments for common injuries.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

"Learning the basic skills of first aid and techniques like CPR will give young people the confidence to know that they can step in to help someone else in need and in the most extreme cases - it could potentially save a life.

"That's why we took the decision to include health education alongside relationship education for primary school children and relationship and sex education for secondary children.

"These subjects are a crucial part of our work to ensure children learn the wider skills they need to flourish in the modern world."

In the meantime, for more information on St John Ambulance training, via Harrogate Lions, please visit the Harrogate Lions website.