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To mark European Restart a Heart Day, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will be taking part in a series of events in schools across the region on 18 October to teach vital life-saving skills to a new generation of youngsters.

European Restart a Heart Day is an initiative that aims to teach vital CPR skills to all school age children, giving the next generation the skills and confidence to save a life and increasing cardiac arrest survival rates across the UK.

The majority of cardiac arrests happen in the home so by learning CPR, these youngsters could one day save the life of someone they love.

On the South Bank, East Midlands Ambulance Service is joining forces with Humberside Fire & Rescue, Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue, North Lincolnshire & Goole Hospital and LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services) to teach students at over 20 schools across Lincolnshire lifesaving CPR training.

The event has been organised in conjunction with the Resuscitation Council (UK), the British Heart Foundation, which provides the training equipment free of charge as part of its Nation of Lifesavers campaign.

It is hoped that 100,000 people across the UK will learn the skill on Tuesday 18 October, 2016 as part of what should be a mass record-breaking CPR training day.

Mick Barnett-Connelly, Head of Community Response Team at EMAS is looking forward to the day:

“This is fantastic opportunity for primary and secondary school children across the region to be involved in this excellent initiative, CPR is the first step to increasing the chance of survival from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and this training we be invaluable both now and in the future for young people to help saves more lives at school and in their own communities.”

Similar sessions are planned at schools in Hull and the East Riding working with colleagues at Yorkshire Ambulance Service. The schools involved are:

Cambian Beverley School, Beverley

Beverley High School, Beverley

Bishop Burton College, Beverley

Cottingham High School, Hull

Focus School, Cottingham Campus, Cottingham

Headlands School, Bridlington

Hessle High School, Hessle

Howden School, Howden

Hull College Group, Hull

Hull Trinity House Academy, Hull

Hymers College, Hull

Malet Lambert School, Hull

Newland School for Girls, Hull

Sirius Academy North, Hull

Sirius Academy West, Hull

South Holderness Technology College, Hull

The Boulevard Centre, Hull

Wilberforce College, Hull

Wyke 6th Form College, Hull