Heartstart taught to cadets

Tuesday 7th January 2014 – 9.40am – Chris Kowalik.

Police cadets in Shropshire have been taught basic lifesaving skills as part of a countywide educational drive.

The volunteer cadets with West Mercia Police underwent a two-hour course at Shrewsbury police station as part of the “Heartstart Shropshire CFR” programme.

It was conducted by Liam Stafford, a call assessor at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Emergency Operations Centre in Stafford.

Heartstart taught to cadets

Liam said: “Teaching these important lifesaving skills is a great way to interact with the public and the youth of today, giving them the confidence and knowledge should they find themselves in an emergency situation”

PC Scott Smither from West Mercia Police said: “The Cadets enjoyed the session and clearly learnt some very important skills. The training was vital in them learning these basic skills that one day might just save a life.”

The free course covers areas such as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), loss of consciousness, choking and chest pain.

It is hoped the Heartstart course will be delivered to new police cadets from other parts of the force area.

To book a free course – contact Noel Orbell at West Midlands Ambulance Service on 07980 094808.


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