First aid sessions staged in city centre

By on 01/09/2010 in Video News

Birmingham’s citizens have been learning how to become the difference between a life lost and a life saved during free first aid awareness sessions today (September 1).

Birmingham City Council's Resilience Team held the sessions in partnership with St John Ambulance.

A second round of the special hour-long sessions are being held outside the city’s Indoor Market on Saturday (September 4) and members of the public are invited to drop in and learn some basic skills that could make the difference between life and death.

A training team from St John Ambulance will be going through the five ways to make a difference, including the recovery position, basic resuscitation and dealing with severe bleeding*.

The drop in sessions will be taking place between 11am and 2.30pm and offered on a first-come first-served basis. Each session can accommodate up to 60 people.

Birmingham Resilience Team along with St John Ambulance and officers from West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service will be on hand to discuss other ways to deal with unexpected emergencies.

Visit the Birmingham Resilience Team marquee as follows:
• Saturday 4 September, Edgbaston Street (outside the indoor markets)
Sessions start at 11.am, 12.15pm and 1.30pm. No need to book, just turn up.

For more information visit the Birmingham Resilience Team website www.birminghamprepared.gov.uk or telephone 0121 303 4825.

For information about St John Ambulance or to find out more about first aid training or volunteering, visit www.sja.org.uk or telephone 08700 10 49 50.

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For further information, interviews, images, first aid advice or case studies, please contact:
Gemma Taylor, Regional PR Officer for the Midlands:
E: gemma.taylor@nhq.sja.org.uk
T: 0845 130 4999
M: 07875 707268
Notes to editors
*The five common scenarios tackled in the 'five ways to save a life' are: Choking, heart attack, severe bleeding, unconscious person who is breathing and one who is not breathing. Session content may be subject to alteration.
About St John Ambulance
For information about St John Ambulance please call 08700 10 49 50 or visit www.sja.org.uk
St John Ambulance is the nation's leading first aid charity. It believes that anyone who needs first aid should get it. But the fact is that's not happening. St John Ambulance is determined to be the difference between lives lost and lives saved.

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