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Pupils at Wilds Lodge School learn what to do in an emergency

Pictured from left are, Andy Gardner and Philip Fearn from  St John Ambulance, along with teaching assistant King-Loong Wong and pupils of Wilds Lodge School

Pictured from left are, Andy Gardner and Philip Fearn from St John Ambulance, along with teaching assistant King-Loong Wong and pupils of Wilds Lodge School

 

Pupils were shown how learning first aid can help save lives in the event of medical emergencies.

As part of a citizenship day pupils at Wilds Lodge School, in Empingham, looked at natural disasters, their effects on communities and what can be done to help.

It included health and safety which was delivered by volunteers from St John Ambulance.

Philip Fearn and Andy Gardner from the first aid charity hosted taster sessions where youngsters were shown how to conduct a primary survey – the first thing you should do in any first aid scenario - which is to check for danger, response, airway, breathing and circulation.

Pupils were also shown a CPR scenario, how a person’s heart rate is monitored and vital first aid practices needed when responding in a crisis.

Philip Fearn, unit manager for St John Ambulance in South West Lincolnshire said: ‘We believe every young person should have the chance to learn vital life saving skills. Research shows that seven out of 10 pupils wouldn’t know what to do if someone they knew was hurt, and yet the majority say they would like to learn life saving skills.

“We taught around 50-60 youngsters throughout the day, demonstrating skills which could be invaluable to them if accidents happen around the home – or when they’re out and about.”

Schools interested in first aid training for their pupils should contact St John Ambulance on 08700 10 49 50.

The charity would also like to hear form any one interested in joining as a volunteer first aider.

 

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