Children turn lifesavers thanks to new training

Children at a Leyland school are heroes-in-training thanks to a new course in life-saving skills.

Community coaches from South Ribble Borough Council paid a visit to Northbrook Primary School, Bannister Drive, to teach a class of Year 6 pupils first-aid techniques.

The course, called Heart Start, is endorsed by the British Heart Foundation and is designed specifically for youngsters.

The children, aged 10 and 11, learned how to deal with an unconscious person, recognise a heart attack and deal with choking, and they used life-sized mannequins to try out CPR techniques.

Councillor Phil Smith, South Ribble Borough Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Leisure, said: “Throughout the current academic year, the coaches will be teaching this course in 25 schools to a total of more than 750 pupils. Projects like this are fantastic

“Learning what to do in an emergency could prove to be the difference between life and death and we are pleased to be able to equip the children with these skills.

“This initiative is only a small part of what we do with local schools. The council works with more than 40 schools across the borough and our coaches help thousands of young people learn sporting skills and undertake an active lifestyle.”

The pupils watched a series of videos showing stories in which children encounter a variety of emergency first-aid situations.

They were then taught what to do in each of those situations. For example, if someone is conscious and complaining of severe chest pain, sit them down, reassure them and call 999.

Northbrook Primary School Deputy Headteacher Clare McCrory said: “We were delighted to welcome the community coaches into the school and they were fantastic.

“It is tremendously important that our pupils are equipped with Heart Start skills and I am proud of them for showing such enthusiasm during this lesson.”