15 July 2021

Peterhead Academy pupils learn lifesaving skills

A selection of Peterhead Academy pupils learnt lifesaving skills when firefighters from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service taught them CPR.

The event on Friday, June 18, was run in conjunction with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) North East with the aim of not only giving lifesaving training to the pupils but to allow them to share their experiences of interacting with the emergency services, and to boost their confidence in learning skills that will assist them in finding employment. Pupils were also given the opportunity to ask questions, as some of them are considering a career in the emergency services.

Sam Foley, Employer Schools Coordinator for DYW North East, said: “The importance of knowing CPR was highlighted recently with the cardiac arrest of Danish footballer Christian Erikson during the 2020 European Championships, when he collapsed during a match. It is likely his life was saved by the prompt actions of the medical team administering CPR.

“Learning CPR is absolutely vital as the survival rate of a cardiac arrest drops ten percent for every minute a person suffers an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Prompt bystander action can greatly increase the chance of survival, so we want to give our young people the key skills needed if they ever come across an out of hospital cardiac arrest.”  

DYW North East is a government funded organisation aiming to bridge the gap between employers and education. It strives to help young people gain the vital skills and knowledge needed to find fulfilling careers. DYW North East tries to create long-lasting partnerships with local employers to help them fully appreciate the benefits of employing young people. It not only gives employers the chance to develop young people’s skills but also have a say in shaping the curriculum in meeting vocational standards.