Teachers go back to the classroom to save lives


Thursday 17th November 2016 – 3.00pm – Claire Brown.

A school in Stourbridge has purchased a defibrillator to help keep their students and teachers alive and kicking.

Ridgewood High School in Wollaston bought a defibrillator after learning about the benefits of the device from a member of their Parent Teacher Association who is a former member of WMAS. After getting advice from the Trust about the defibrillators, the school purchased a life-saving device from Physio Control.

Lee Farley, Black Country Advanced Paramedic, visited the school in September to provide defibrillator training and awareness to staff and said: “It’s great to see a school taking such an active interest in the lives of their students and staff alike. The device is ready to help if the worst should ever happen at the school.”

Mr Steve Tivey, Assistant Headteacher at Ridgewood High School, said: “The defibrillator was purchased through the Ridgewood Parent Teacher Association. Lee Farley came into school before the start of the Autumn term and trained 16 members of staff in its use. We hope to also train students and more staff with the skills we’ve learnt in CPR and how to use the defibrillator. The support we gained was great and we are really grateful to Lee.”


Notes to Editor:

Pictured (left to right) Lee Farley, Ed Bache Headboy, Rebecca Foster Headgirl. Steve Tivey Assistant Headteacher.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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