Free first aid awareness sessions come to city

By on 24/08/2010 in News

Birmingham people are being urged to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved with free first aid awareness sessions in September.

Birmingham City Council's Resilience Team, in partnership with St John Ambulance, are holding a series of first aid awareness sessions for Birmingham residents, businesses and community groups to attend.

The special hour-long free sessions are being held in two city centre locations in September 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:
• Wednesday 1 September, Victoria Square
• 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.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council who has responsibility for resilience,  said: “Birmingham City Council believes that knowing first aid is a part of how we should all be prepared for emergencies.

“As many people as possible are welcome at these free sessions that will help to build a resilient Birmingham. By learning some basic first aid skills you too could be the difference between life and death.”
 
Gemma Taylor, PR and Fundraising Officer for St John Ambulance in the Midlands, said: “St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

“Every year up to 150,000 people die in situations where first aid may have given them a chance to live. You never know when you may need first aid. It could be in the home, at work, or just out and about.

“We want to make sure that as many people as possible are equipped to save another person's life.”

For more information visit 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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