New skills could be real life-savers!

HELPING HANDS Heckmondwike Grammar School pupils have been learning first aid techniques.
HELPING HANDS Heckmondwike Grammar School pupils have been learning first aid techniques.

LIFESAVING skills are being taught at a high school.

Heckmondwike Grammar School sixth form pupils and staff have learnt first aid at an in-school training programme called Heartstart HGS.

Co-ordinator Iram Ali said: “Finding a casualty unconscious, especially a relative or a friend, is extremely distressing, but having the skills and confidence to deal with the situation promptly could mean the difference between life and death.”

He said the scheme was set up to help make the school a safer place

Training is provided by Heartstart Dewsbury, which has taught 41 pupils lifesaving techniques. Four pupils have completed further training to become instructors. The group hopes to train pupils throughout the school.

The free course lasts two hours, and students learn how to assess an unconscious patient, perform CPR, manage a choking person, deal with serious bleeding and recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Heartstart HGS has raised more than £180 to buy equipment and fund the scheme.