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Posted on: 29 March 2017

TPS Students Learn How To Save A Life

Today, Year 7 students from The Petersfield School have gained vital life-saving first aid skills from St John Ambulance.

They learned how to apply bandages, how to do chest compressions on resuscitation manikins, and how to use a defibrillator during interactive demonstrations from the nation’s leading first aid charity.

Principal, Mark Marande, welcomed the training.  He said, “First aid is an important life skill which also teaches students about communication and teamwork as well as the vital things they need to know in a medical emergency.”

Beth Elger is one of a dedicated team who deliver first aid training in schools across the region. She said, “It’s particularly important to introduce first aid to young people as even basic skills can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.  The demonstrations are the first step in equipping the next generation of first aiders with the knowledge and confidence to do the right thing in an emergency. First aid is a simple skill to learn but can have an incredible impact.”

St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity. Every year, more than 400,000 people learn how to save a life through their training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people. Their volunteers provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events, and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls. They are also always campaigning to raise awareness of first aid and directly educate the public. First aid is such a simple skill, but it has an incredible impact. They want everyone to learn it, so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

For more information on St John Ambulance, including how to make a donation, volunteering opportunities, and details of training for the public, schools and businesses, visit or call 08700 10 49 50.