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Plans for free CPR courses in Mid Devon
5:00pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in Mid Devon News
FIRST aid trainers at the British Heart Foundation are hoping to bring free CPR courses to Mid Devon.
Recent studies have shown that applying early CPR and defibrillation within the first three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest increases a person’s survival rate by 74%.
The life-saving machines are becoming a more common sight after the high-profile case of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during a match last year, but survived thanks to the quick work of medics who used a defibrillator to keep him alive.
Cullompton Town Hall has recently benefited from the vital piece of equipment thanks to a project driven by Chris Richards, who saved the life of Paul Tapp, who also collapsed during a football match in March last year.
Lawrence Rayment, SouthWest training supervisor for the BHF, said: “These courses are to build up community resilience and train people not to be afraid of using first aid and defibrillators in an emergency.
“Some people are afraid to use defibrillators because they might do more damage or get electrocuted but they could not be further from the truth.
“We’re going to build our courses up in Devon if the public interest is there.
“We did some in Torquay and Barnstable, and they were brilliant. A lot of people came from the local rugby clubs.
“I think local sports clubs are realisingyoungpeopleareat risk of a sudden cardiac arr-est.”
The charity is working with the Devon & Somerset Fire & RescueService and hopes to use community rooms in Mid Devon’s fire stations to bring the courses to local people.
Courses are done in a relaxed atmosphere for around ten people at a time. To find out more visit www.heartclass.co.uk
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