Learn to ‘Restart a Heart’ in Deeside

Roddy Lees demonstrates life-saving techniques in Banchory Fire Station
Roddy Lees demonstrates life-saving techniques in Banchory Fire Station

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with the British Heart Foundation to help save lives across the country by providing fire stations as a base for members of the public to teach themselves CPR.

This partnership is one part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to support the Scottish Government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy, which aims to save an extra 1000 lives in Scotland by 2020.

The partnership launches on European Restart a Heart Day (Friday October 16). This is an annual event organised by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). It is designed to raise cardiac arrest awareness by teaching members of the public how to restart a heart after a cardiac arrest.

The initiative aims to pass on lifesaving skills to as many people as possible.

This event is supported by Banchory, Aboyne and Ballater fire stations which will be open to the public to view a DVD on how to become a life saver as well as practice CPR on a manikin.

Banchory fire station will open between 10am – 2pm. Aboyne fire station is open to the public between 1-5pm. Ballater are inviting the public to attend at certain times 2pm,, 3pm, 4pm and later at 7pm and 8pm.