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Posted: 20/04/16

Life-saving skills give students a boost

More than 50 students have been given life-saving training at West Nottinghamshire College this week.

Sam Osborne, Darren Allcock from St John Ambulance and Marvin Macro with a resuscitation training doll

The training, delivered by St John Ambulance, saw music, media and computer science students gain vital first aid skills during a two-day training session.

The First Aid in a Day programme provided classes with presentations and mini assessments while learning the practical skills of dressing wounds, delivering CPR and how to deal with a range of emergencies including handling patients with chest pain, severe bleeding and choking.

As the nation’s leading first aid charity St John Ambulance is offering schools and colleges training options for students from basic to advanced first aid training. Their research shows that almost 60% of children have no first aid training at all and wouldn’t know what to do in an emergency.

Media and TV and film production student Sam Osborne, 19, worked with first aid trainer Darren Allcock yesterday to learn a whole range of new skills.

Sam said: “I’ve learnt such a lot in just one day with the St John Ambulance trainer. I feel confident that I could help someone in need and give first aid.

“I think everyone should take this kind of training as you never know when you may need it.”

Computer science curriculum manager Trudi Dean said: “This short course was a great opportunity for our students to learn essential first aid skills which could stay with them for a lifetime”.