Bedfordshire school trained to save lives

Teachers at a Harrold school have completed a potentially life-saving awareness session which has been hailed as an ‘extremely beneficial’ event.

The course, run by EEAST, involved 21 members of staff from Harrold Priory Middle School earlier this week (Monday, 11th January).

Information the group learnt included how to use a defibrillator, one of which has been recently installed at the school. 

Simon Marshall, Community Partnership Training Officer, helped deliver the training and said: “The school gave me a very warm welcome and were extremely pleased with the support throughout the training session. During the session there were lots of good questions from the staff and they engaged well.”

Simon added: “The village of Harrold already has a defibrillator near the local hairdressers on the high street and one at the fire station so it is positive to see they are well covered if they ever need it.”

The newly installed defibrillator is one of more than 3,000 placed regionally throughout the east of England.

Steven Catley, Community Partnership Manager for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, said: “It is extremely encouraging to see such large groups completing training at these events. We know that defibrillators can make to vital difference when a patient goes into cardiac arrest and these short sessions provide all you need to use one. Possessing this knowledge can help save lives and these sessions run give people the confidence to use one should they have to.”

Pictured: The Harrold Primary Middle School team

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