Students at St Richard’s Catholic College have received hands-on life saving training from the ambulance service.
Training sessions were facilitated by South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) staff and colleagues from the Bexhill Responder Team, following a request from the school for the installation of a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) at the school and training for some pupils.
Tim Fellows, Secamb Clinical Operations Manager - Hastings, said the sessions had been well received. “Over a 2 month period we completed 7 training sessions to groups of 25-30 students. Using the main hall and lots of resuscitation manikins we involved the children in the session teaching them Hands Over CPR, the Recovery Position and an overview of how an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used.
“AED’s are being placed in many public areas and we want all young people to know where they’re located and how to apply them - an AED is fully automated and instructs the user via voice prompts as soon as the AED is switched on. The students at St Richards were keen to learn and had fun at the same time.”
Caroline Adams, Careers co-ordinator at St. Richard’s, said students were fully engaged with the training. “They found it very valuable to learn the recovery position, adult hands only CPR and how to use the new defibrillator. They said it will be useful if their family or friends need help, whilst waiting for an ambulance. We are very grateful to Secamb for running the sessions.”
Some students said Secamb staff had given them a life changing experience. Megan Tattersall said: “I think that if younger people know more about CPR then it will be very helpful and will probably save someone’s life one day.”
Borys Giecewicz said he thinks CPR training is very important. “It allows us to have the knowledge to save lives. So when some has a heart attack, we can increase their chance of survival. So I thank you for this very valuable life lesson.”
Zak Radbourne said the training could be very helpful in the future. “It makes me feel more safe in school and will make us a safer and more reliable school.”
Amy Tattersall added: “It was really fun and it’s amazing to know how to save someone’s life, and use the packs in Bexhill. It was also a privilege to be taught how to do it.”
Mr Fellows said Secamb hopes more schools are able to fit the 2-3 hour sessions into their curriculum. “Cardiac Arrest is very much a community problem; to improve the chances of survival we need more people trained in Hands Only CPR and many more PAD’s. Making this training part of the national curriculum in all schools and academies would be the best way of starting the cascade of these vital skills.”