Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and volunteers honoured with top award (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and volunteers honoured with top award
1:36pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
CUMBRIA Fire and Rescue Service has scooped a national award for the second year running.
The service won the "Heart Safe Public Sector Organisation of the Year" prize at the 2013 awards held in Manchester on Thursday.
The award celebrates an outstanding public sector organisation that has invested in life-saving equipment and staff training.
This year, the fire service beat competition from East London, Chesterfield Borough Council and The British Library.
For more than a decade, the fire service has delivered a training programme teaching basic life support to members of the public, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, schools, youth groups, women’s institutes and young farmers.
Around 3,000 people were trained in basic life support last year. It is delivered by firefighters, staff and volunteers across Cumbria.
In addition to teaching communities basic life-saving skills, Cumbria’s firefighters are also trained in life-support and trauma and undertake a five-day course.
Coun Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said: “Teaching life-saving skills to thousands of people around the county is now a big part of the service’s work and as these skills can literally mean the difference between life and death for cardiac arrest victims, it’s an award to be very proud of.”
Fresh from picking up his Pride of Britain gong, Bailie Kershaw from Millom made the Heart Safe Awards a double success for Cumbria. The 12-year-old was on the award trail again, scooping the Heart Safe Lifesaver of the Year prize for putting into practice the CPR techniques he’d been taught by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to revive his father who’d suffered a massive coronary at home.
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