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SHELTERED housing staff and residents in Stockport are more aware of what to do in a medical emergency thanks to the work of GMFRS teams in the borough.
Firefighters from Blue Watch Whitehill, Stockport Community Safety Advisors and GMFRS volunteers recently gave Heartstart training to managers at Anchor Housing after the watch responded to a fire alarm at a property in North Reddish earlier in the year.
Residents at Pembroke Court taking part in the training
A burnt pan of food inside a flat had set off the alarm and despite the best efforts of firefighters and paramedics, a man in his 80s sadly died. But the incident led to the watch engaging with Anchor Housing and discussing how they could do something positive.
GMFRS teams held a Heartstart training session at Whitehill Community Fire Station, where they delivered the basic life-saving British Heart Foundation training to staff members working with some of our most vulnerable community members.
Watch Manager Nick Hince said: “We trained 10 scheme managers for Anchor Housing, all apart from one within the Stockport Borough.
“During the session we invited the scheme managers to see if their residents would appreciate the training from our personnel and so far residents at Pembroke Court and Weaver Lodge have accepted but we anticipate more to follow.
“In total around 30 residents have received the training and are now better prepared in the event of a medical emergency such as cardiac arrest.”
Following the training, one of the scheme managers sent the following note of thanks to GMFRS: “I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your colleagues for running the Heartstart session at Pembroke Court.
“The feedback from tenants has been really positive and they found the session very informative and enjoyable. It has also given them extra motivation to purchase a defibrillator, so we will be looking at ways of fundraising for this soon.”