PRIMARY school children have been taught valuable life-saving
techniques thanks to Andy Hardman, Watch Manager at Bolton
Central Fire Station.
Andy visited St Philip's Primary School in Atherton, where he is
a school governor, for the day on Friday, December 9, 2011.
He was joined by Bolton West MP Julie Hilling who has launched a
campaign to have Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) taught in
schools as part of the national curriculum.
Year six pupils learned how to check for responses and how
to perform chest compressions and rescue breaths on someone who was
Andy also highlighted to the children how important it is to
call for help immediately in the case of an emergency, to ensure
that help arrives as soon as possible to give any casualties the
best chance of survival.
Ms Hilling was on hand to see the children learn vital
life-saving techniques and role play real-life situations where
someone may need emergency first aid.
Andy said: "The more people that know about first aid and CPR,
and how to perform it, sooner or later it will save someone's life.
Statistically, those who need CPR are known by the people around
them so if we teach more people how to do it we will all
have more chance of surviving in an emergency situation.
"It was a great day enjoyed by everyone, not just the kids,
and we are hoping to do it elsewhere in Bolton. Also as a
result we have now got more people trained on the watch."
A similar training session is due to take place at Bolton Lads
and Girls Club in Spa Road on Thursday, January 5.
Ms Hilling said: "Andy was an inspirational and engaging tutor
and this is exactly the sort of lesson that I want to see
replicated in all of our schools.
"It was evident that all of the pupils, and adults, got so much
out of learning life-saving skills and they would have much more
confidence to help save a life if presented with such a