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Norfolk school trains 600 new lifesavers

PUBLISHED: 11:32 23 October 2018

Pupils from Caister academy were given lifesaving CPR training from East of England ambulance service. Picture: Caister Academy

Pupils from Caister academy were given lifesaving CPR training from East of England ambulance service. Picture: Caister Academy

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A school in Norfolk has trained 600 pupils in the lifesaving skill of CPR.

Pupils from Caister academy were given lifesaving CPR training from East of England ambulance service. Picture: Caister AcademyPupils from Caister academy were given lifesaving CPR training from East of England ambulance service. Picture: Caister Academy

East of England ambulance service visited Caister Academy over three days to teach pupils how to administer hands only CPR.

The training was arranged for the week of October 15 to coinside with the awareness campaign from the British Heart Foundation - restart a heart day.

Pupils from Caister academy were given lifesaving CPR training from East of England ambulance service. Picture: Caister AcademyPupils from Caister academy were given lifesaving CPR training from East of England ambulance service. Picture: Caister Academy

Principal of Caister Academy, Ann Bridges, described the training as an “essential first aid skill”.

She said: “The children really engaged with the training and were able to learn a valuable life skill. It helped to raise the profile and importance of CPR which can only be a positive.

“On the occasion somebody suffers a cardiac arrest, the admission of CPR is an essential first aid skill.”

In the UK there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital.

Pupils from all years apart from year 10 were given at least half an hour of training. Those in year 10 will be taught CPR at a later date.

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