Ashkirk Village Hall are holding training sessions for CPR and the correct way to use a defibrillator.
The hall received a grant from the British Heart Foundation that provided them with ten CPR manikins and a defbrillator as part of their Nation of Lifesavers Community Defibrillator Package.
Defibrillators (known as ‘Public Access Defibrillators’) are appearing at several locations around the Borders, including village halls, in defunct telephone boxes and in shops and restaurants.
Whilst these are relatively easy-to-use, following the instructions on the defibrillator, the decision taken by the committee at Ashkirk was to offer all-year-round training both in the administration of CPR and the use of the Defibrillator.
A spokesperson for the hall said:“The more people we have trained in CPR the better for our rural areas.
The defibrillator is easy to use as it comes with comprehensive instructions, but we felt it would be helpful to improve people’s confidence in using it by demonstrating how it works and when it should be used.”
Training sessions are being held on Mondays at 7pm and pre-booking is essential.
Training is free but a donations box is on hand - the money collected will be used in maintaining the equipment
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