Teachers Training to Be Life-Savers; CAMPAIGN: Staff Could Be among First to Learn How Use Vital Equipment
Byline: Warren Manger
A TEAM of Coventry teachers are going back to school to learn how to use a life-saving heart start machine.
Staff at Finham Park, in Green Lane, will be trained to use the defibrillator which the school has purchased through the Derek Higgs Start a Heart Appeal.
The Telegraph-backed appeal - launched in memory of popular businessman Sir Derek Higgs - aims to base 50 new defibrillators around Coventry.
It is believed Finham Park could be the first school in the Midlands to have its own defibrillator.
A dozen staff are already signed up for defibrillator training next month and 12 more are keen to be trained. There are even plans to cascade the lessons down to students who have already completed first aid training to create a network of potential lifesavers..
School first aider Vicky Handy said: "We already deliver a programme of first aid and life support training to all our upper school pupils so this seemed a logical next step." Every minute that a victim's heart is stopped their chances of surviving drops by 10 per cent so having a defibrillator and trained operators on hand can mean the difference between life and death. …