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CPR and defibrillation taught to school’s students

A group of students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have recently learnt vital lifesaving skills as part of their ‘Health and Social Care’ course.

The training was delivered to over forty Year 10 students, who study Health and Social Care, by Rugby’s Community First Responders, who work in partnership with the West Midlands Ambulance Service. During the training the students learnt how to operate a defibrillator, place a casualty in the recovery position and how to perform CPR.

One of the volunteers who gave his time to train the school students was ex-AVS student Jake Walker who is now a trainee paramedic working with West Midlands Ambulance Service. Jake was joined by Linda from Rugby Community First Responders who are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level to provide lifesaving treatment to people in the local community.

Community First Responders attend, in their own time and without pay, emergency 999 calls in both urban and rural areas. CFR schemes are financially self-supporting and although the Ambulance Service will provide all necessary support, training and consumables, CFRs must raise funds for their uniform, equipment and vehicles.

Assistant Headteacher, Laura Bindley, who teaches health and social care, said, “It is really important that our students get hands on experience which they can relate to the course. It was a pleasure to see the students so focused on learning these lifesaving skills”. 

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said “It was a pleasure to welcome Jake back to the school; it is always nice to see former students doing well and making progress in their career, and I am glad Jake and Linda were able to share their lifesaving knowledge with our year 10 students.”

According to the British Heart Foundation website there are, across the UK, over 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital every year, but the survival rate is less than 1 in 10.


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