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Burton first aid session to help people save lives in area

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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DOZENS of people took part in a special event that saw a lifesaving charity offering the chance to learn first aid skills.

St John Ambulance hosted the special 'Save a Life September' event as part of a drive to teach as many people as possible basic first aid.

At the event, held in The Octagon shopping centre, volunteers demonstrated five easy to follow techniques that could be the difference between life and death.

They also gave out information on where to go for more free tips and first aid advice.

Nick Pitt, acting community training co-ordinator for St John Ambulance in the West Midlands, said: "Learning first aid is one of the single most important things you can do in your life – and it's so easy to learn.

"In the time it takes to do your weekly shop people learned how to stop a friend choking or keep a loved one alive until an ambulance arrives.

"By holding free first aid demonstrations across the country we want to reach as many people as possible, so that more people are equipped with the skills to save a life.

"Anyone who needs first aid should get it – and the more of us that can help in an emergency, the better. No-one should die for a lack of first aid."

The town was chosen for the special training due to the level of interest in learning first aid that has been sparked by the Mail's Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign.

The effort to get more defibrillators introduced across the area was launched after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged after suffering a cardiac arrest while working out at a local gym.

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