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Newry businesses first to complete staff RevivR CPR training

By 21st November 2023July 9th, 2024News
British Heart Foundation with JMK Solicitors Directors BHF

JMK Solicitors and CRASH Services have become the first businesses in Newry to complete the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) RevivR CPR training.

The BHF’s RevivR programme enables organisations and individuals to learn CPR in 15 minutes for free, teaching users how to carry out chest compressions and use a defibrillator with confidence. The training was organised for the companies’ Health Month to provide the local staff with the skill and confidence to save a life.

There are around 1,400 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Northern Ireland each year and, sadly, less than one in ten people survive. Performing CPR – cardiopulmonary resuscitation – and using a defibrillator when someone’s had a cardiac arrest can more than double their chances of survival.

Michelle Murphy, Head of HR and Operations for JMK Services and CRASH Services, said:

“We are delighted to be the first organisations in Newry to provide the British Heart Foundation’s RevivR CPR training for staff.

“Looking after the health and wellbeing of our staff is really important to us. Therefore, when we realised how low the survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrests locally was, we knew we had to take advantage of this fantastic free training from the BHF.

“RevivR took the fear out of learning CPR and the staff really enjoyed the session. The technology is really impressive, and the simplicity of the step-by-step training made us a lot more confident in knowing what to do should the worst happen. We are extremely grateful to the BHF for facilitating this vital CPR training.”

Fearghal McKinney, Head of BHF NI, said:

“It was fantastic to have JMK Solicitors and CRASH Services offering their employees the opportunity to learn this lifesaving skill and helping us in our bid to create a community of lifesavers.

“Not only does this provide staff with the skills to help save a life should an emergency situation arise in the workplace, but also when they are at home with their families or out and about in their communities.

“Everyone can be a lifesaver and the RevivR free online tool literally puts that power in people’s hands by teaching CPR skills in just 15 minutes. All that’s required is a smartphone or tablet and a cushion. Everyone who learns CPR could help save the life of a colleague, family member, loved one or anyone experiencing a cardiac arrest.”

If you are interested in bringing RevivR CPR training to your staff, please contact Órla at copelando@bhf.org.uk or 077 1406 9129.

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