Teachers urged to learn to save lives at school

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ST John Ambulance is encouraging teachers and school staff in Northumberland to learn life-saving first aid during their ‘inset’ training day.

The appeal comes after new data revealed that one in 11 children has asthma and 36 per cent of people with the condition are at high risk of a potentially fatal attack.

Allergies affect at least one in four children and young people and severe allergic reactions require immediate medial attention. Spring and summer months can also increase seasonal allergies.

The new St John Ambulance First Aid Inset Training Course allows schools to customise first aid training from a list of modules, including asthma, severe allergic reaction and common injuries or medical conditions.

Alternatively, the standard inset day training course includes key subjects such as the role of a first aider, bleeding, resuscitation, asthma, choking and dealing with an unconscious casualty.

Regional Training Manager for the charity Fred Owen said: “We understand that when it comes to first aid, every classroom is different and most pupils and staff will have different needs. That’s why our training can be tailor made to suit the school and delivered at their premises.

“Schools, like any other employer, have a legal responsibility to provide first aid training to their staff. But even more importantly we’re talking about giving teachers vital skills which could mean they’re the difference between a life lost and a life saved when faced with an emergency on school premises.”

For more information, or to enquire about booking a first aid course, telephone 08443 245535.