Bromsgrove schools and youth groups urged to sign up to first aid scheme

By Tristan Harris Thursday 06 March 2014 Updated: 10/03 23:33

SCHOOLS and youth organisations across Bromsgrove, Rubery and South Birmingham are being urged to get in touch with St John Ambulance and become part of a scheme which teaches lifesaving skills to young people.

The calls come after 140 teenagers from Colmers School in Rednal - two thirds of the year ten age group - were given the vital training on Tuesday (March 4) and became qualified first-aiders.

A team of six trainers taught the students how to manage an incident and provided them with the most commonly needed first aid skills. These included choking, bleeding, asthma, burns and scalds, the recovery position, bone muscle and joint injuries, fainting and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.

The rest of the year group will be trained by St John when they are in year 11, meaning the whole crop of leavers will be equipped with the basic skills which can be determine the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

Jo Huck, St John Ambulance West Midlands’ regional schools training co-ordinator, urged other schools to follow Comers’ example and train their students.

“This is a large undertaking but it will be worthwhile to have another 140 people who could be the difference between a life lost and life saved.

“We believe that anyone can learn first aid, no matter what age. We have a dedicated team of school trainers who can teach at all levels and equip the next generation of first aiders with the knowledge they need to be the difference.”

Teacher Tom Charlett, who organised the training, said: “First aid is a life skill that teaches young people what they need to know in a medical emergency as well as communication and teamwork.

“We view this an important element to their all round development alongside their education.”

Last year, more than 10,500 young people in the West Midlands were trained through schools and the charity has a dedicated website - www.teachthedifference.org.uk - offering schools and other youth organisations free or low cost resources to help increase the number of young people learning first aid.

For more information or to book school training, call 0121 237 3879, email west-mids-training@sja.org.uk or visit the www.sja.org.uk website.

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