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DID you know that firefighters across Greater Manchester offer British Heart Foundation training that can help others become lifesavers?
Free Heartstart sessions are offered by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) firefighters across the county, including those at Bolton Central Fire Station on Moor Lane.
Blue Watch from the station hosted a session for a local training company on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, meaning that even more people in the community are ready to spring into action should they come across someone in need of medical help.
Watch Manager Ian Read, from Blue Watch Bolton Central, said: “The group who we trained came from a local re-employment help group, Bright Direction Training, who assist people from all walks of life to get basic life skills and further curriculum training for further employment.
“We really enjoyed training the group, who thanks to our input now have basic life-saving skills should they come across anyone in need of help.”
Heartstart teaches people about dealing with an unconscious person, the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, recognising a cardiac arrest and performing CPR, dealing with choking and dealing with serious bleeding.
Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “Cardiac problems affect many people at any age and any time so as an emergency service at the heart of the communities we serve, we see it as our responsibility to help make everyone aware of heart health and emergency life support procedures.
“We hope the people who receive Heartstart training never have to use the techniques they learn, but if they do we want them to have the best possible chance at saving someone’s life.”
If you are interested in a Heartstart training session with crew from Bolton please visit our website for further information - http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/my_area/bolton/