Alex Salmond MP (Gordon) and Christian Allard MSP have called upon schools in Aberdeenshire to start teaching their pupils basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) methods.
This comes after the British Heart Foundation (BHF) published findings earlier in the year that 22,000 people in the UK die every year following cardiac arrests.
The BHF has promoted CPR training in schools since 1996 through its Heartstart programme and last year it launched the new Call Push Rescue – an innovative scheme that provides simple, interactive training kits that teach proper CPR methods and techniques in less than 30 minutes. These kits are available to any secondary school that applies for one.
Mr Salmond and Mr Allard have written to five schools (Ellon Academy, Inverurie Academy, Mintlaw Academy, Meldrum Academy and Turriff Academy) encouraging them to apply for the free kits.
Mr Salmond said “Teaching these essential skills to pupils at an early age would ensure our younger generation know exactly what to do in case of an emergency and could potentially save lives. Even if just one life is saved through this training, then it will have been worth it.”
Mr Allard has submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament, calling on members to encourage secondary schools to sign up to this incentive.
He added “Setting our young people up to deal with these situations is not only vital, but will prove to be potentially life-saving.”