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Edinburgh primary pupils learn life saving skills

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Pupils at Carrick Knowe Primary School in Corstorphine have spent the day learning life-saving CPR skills and how to get help in an emergency.

Members and supporters of St John Scotland, including Community Resilience Officers from the Scottish Ambulance Service and officers from Police Scotland, taught more than 350 pupils skills that could help save lives.

Younger pupils learned how to call for help in an emergency and practised CPR skills on soft toys, while P6 and P7 classes were shown how to perform CPR on training manikins, and how to use a defibrillator.

The training was part of a drive to help pupils learn the importance of acting in an emergency, ahead of the installation of a defibrillator at the school later this month. The defib has been kindly donated by cardiac arrest survivor Paul Burns as part of the St John and the City project, which has so far seen more than 135 life saving devices placed across Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

The latest training means St John Scotland has now taught more than 1,100 people CPR. As part of our dedication to saving and enhancing life, we're a partner in Save a Life for Scotland, helping the drive to teach 500,000 Scots CPR by 2020.

You can see more photos from the day on our Facebook page.

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