Hundreds of volunteers help us to deliver the face-to-face training on Restart a Heart Day!
A number of instructors are allocated a school based on the number of students a school has requested training for. The length of time we spend at each school depends entirely on how many pupils we are teaching. Our instructors teach the children how to perform CPR using an interactive DVD with practical instruction on inflatable manikins. Children will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
We accommodate maximum class sizes of 30 pupils to match the number of manikins provided free of charge by the British Heart Foundation in its Call Push Rescue kits. Volunteers visit a school for anything from an hour to a full day to teach as many groups of 30 as possible. Based on the length of each session, we can potentially deliver 10 sessions in a school day - a maximum of 300 pupils.
The instructors are predominantly Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff who have volunteered to deliver this training on their day off. Most will be clinicians (Paramedics/Emergency Medical Technicians etc.) but there will also be staff from other departments providing assistance. A large number of community first responders will be involved and we work in partnership with St John Ambulance, fire and rescue services, NHS organisations and other partners which also provide volunteers. A lead volunteer will also be allocated to each school and will be responsible for the event at each location.
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