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Trained to save lives


Residents could be trained to give life-saving treatment before professional help arrives at an emergency.

Groups in Bingham are being offered the training by Vale First Responders under a British Heart Foundation initiative.

They would be taught basic skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and dealing with choking and major bleeds.

The chairman and coordinator for the Vale First Responders, Mr Rod Whitehead, of Musters Road, Langar, said a prompt response to an emergency could prove crucial.

He said: “Sometimes when we arrive at the scene of a heart attack, we immediately commence CPR. If those around the patient had sufficient knowledge and confidence to start CPR when appropriate before either we or a paramedic arrives, then the chances of a good outcome for the patient are dramatically increased.

“It is those first few vital minutes that really count.”

Vale First Responders is approved by the British Heart Foundation to deliver its Heartstart programme.

Working alongside the ambulance service, they respond to emergency calls to deliver emergency care. Because they live in the community, they often reach patients before an ambulance or paramedics to start giving appropriate treatment.

The area covered by Vale First Responders includes Bingham, Whatton, Aslockton, Orston, Cropwell Bishop, Bottesford, Harby, Langar and Granby.

Under the new initiative, the British Heart Foundation will provide the first responders with equipment such as resuscitation dummies so they can pass on their knowledge to others.

It is hoped the scheme will be launched in a couple of months.

Basic first aid skills will be passed on in a single class lasting two to three hours.

The free classes are available to groups, committees, organisations and even friends, if they can provide a venue.

Each participant will receive a certificate and a small sterile face shield, which can be attached to a key ring, for personal protection if carrying out CPR.

Anyone interested should contact Mr Whitehead on 07786 524307.

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