FIREFIGHTERS in Bolton are being trained by North West Ambulance
Service (NWAS) paramedics to become accredited teachers of
lifesaving techniques so that they can demonstrate to school
They were joined by Bolton West MP Julie Hilling at Bolton
Central Fire Station on Friday, May 11, 2012, as 16 firefighters
were taught British Heart Foundation (BHF) Heart Start.
Station Manager Steve Parkinson said: "Cardiac problems affect a
lot of families in Bolton so as a community fire station we see it
as our responsibility to help make everyone more aware of heart
health and emergency life support procedures.
"Working with our partners at NWAS the accredited Heart Start
course will mean we can teach life support to youth groups and
school children of all ages."
Today the first 16 firefighters were given the training - over
the next few weeks more will be trained, meaning Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will have 45 accredited Heart Start
teachers among their firefighters in Bolton, Farnworth and
Firefighter John Duff said: "I think it's great we'll be
accredited trainers and able to teach children how to save
lives. I mean, you only have to look at what happened
recently with Fabrice Muamba to see that heart issues can affect
NWAS Community Resuscitation Manager David McNally said: "None
of us knows who will suffer a cardiac arrest, have difficulty with
breathing or sustain heavy bleeding - what we do know is that when
such a life threatening condition occurs it is the simple things
that save lives including the type of assistance available and the
speed of response.
"Heart Start is a fantastic initiative for teaching lifesaving
skills and it is important that members of the community can
deliver emergency lifesaving treatment when it is needed so I'm
thrilled that GMFRS and firefighters across Bolton will be able to
pass this training on."