Tele launches drive to get folk in­volved in life-sav­ing tech­niques

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

THETeleis­to­day­launch­ing a brand new drive to get peo­ple across Dundee and be­yond trained up with life­sav­ing skills— by urg­ing them to take part in a first aid course.

Our cam­paign, Learn to be a Life­saver, has been in­spired by the hero­ics of Dundee postie Ni­cola John­son — who, as we told yes­ter­day, helped save an un­con­scious woman by per­form­ing CPR on her.

Ni­cola dis­cov­ered the woman — who wasn’t breath­ing— while do­ing her round at Adam­son Court in Lochee a week ago.

She was only able to help her hav­ing learned ba­sic med­i­cal skills.

Now, the Tele wants to en­cour­age as many lo­cals as pos­si­ble to un­dergo ba­sic first aid train­ing by sign­ing up to one of the many cour­ses on of­fer — in the hope that, should some­one need their help in an emer­gency, they’re ready to as­sist. Peo­ple learn CPR tech­niques at Moni­fi­eth.The Tele has launched a cam­paign, Learn To Be a Life­saver.

Over the com­ing days, our cam­paign will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on what cour­ses are avail­able where, and speak to the ex­perts about why such skills are vital, in the hope that we can cre­ate a new wave of lo­cal life­savers.

Ni­cola, 40, who learned first aid on a course run by the Red Cross, is back­ing to our cam­paign.

She said: “It was thanks to go­ing on a first aid course a while back that I knew what to do when I found this un­con­scious woman.

“The more peo­ple that have this knowl­edge the bet­ter. I think the Tele’s cam­paign is fan­tas­tic.”

The Bri­tish Red Cross it­self is sup­port­ing the cam­paign, along with other or­gan­i­sa­tions such as NHS Tay­side, the am­bu­lance and fire ser­vices, po­lice youth vol­un­teers, Heart­start Dis­cov­ery, the Bri­tish Red Cross, the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, First Re­spon­ders, Save a Life Scot­land and Dundee Leisure and Cul­ture.

Helen Brady, who helps run Heart­start cour­ses in Dundee, said: “It’s vital that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble are trained in emer­gency life sup­port, it re­ally does help to save lives.

“Know­ing what to do when some­one col­lapses, often a loved one, is so im­por­tant and buys vital time un­til the emer­gency ser­vices ar­rive.”

A spokes­woman for the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “This in­ci­dent in Dundee clearly demon­strates why by­stander CPR is a vital part in the chain of sur­vival, and we com­mend the first aider for the role she played. Early in­ter­ven­tion of CPR can re­ally help in­crease the chance of sur­vival.”

Bryan Nel­son, watch man­ager at Kingsway East fire sta­tion — which hosts first aid cour­ses — told the Tele: “Any­thing that is be­ing done

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