Learn to be a lifesaver: Tele launches drive to get folk involved in vital first aid techniques

People learn CPR techniques at Monifieth. The Tele has launched a campaign, Learn To Be a Lifesaver.

The Tele is  launching a brand new drive to get people across Dundee and beyond trained up with lifesaving skills — by urging them to take part in a first aid course.

Our campaign, Learn to be a Lifesaver, has been inspired by the heroics of Dundee postie Nicola Johnson — who, as we told, helped save an unconscious woman by performing CPR on her.

Nicola discovered the woman — who wasn’t breathing — while doing her round at Adamson Court in Lochee a week ago.

She was only able to help her having learned basic medical skills.

Now, the Tele wants to encourage as many locals as possible to undergo basic first aid training by signing up to one of the many courses on offer — in the hope that, should someone need their help in an emergency, they’re ready to assist.

Over the coming days, our campaign will provide information on what courses are available where, and speak to the experts about why such skills are vital, in the hope that we can create a new wave of local lifesavers.

Nicola Johnson

Nicola, 40, who learned first aid on a course run by the Red Cross, is backing to our campaign.

She said: “It was thanks to going on a first aid course a while back that I knew what to do when I found this unconscious woman.

“The more people that have this knowledge the better. I think the Tele’s campaign is fantastic.”

The British Red Cross itself is supporting the campaign, along with other organisations such as NHS Tayside, the ambulance and fire services, police youth volunteers, Heartstart Discovery, the British Red Cross, the British Heart Foundation, First Responders, Save a Life Scotland and Dundee Leisure and Culture.

Helen Brady, who helps run Heartstart courses in Dundee, said: “It’s vital that as many people as possible are trained in emergency life support, it really does help to save lives.

“Knowing what to do when someone collapses, often a loved one, is so important and buys vital time until the emergency services arrive.”

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “This incident in Dundee clearly demonstrates why bystander CPR is a vital part in the chain of survival, and we commend the first aider for the role she played. Early intervention of CPR can really help increase the chance of survival.”

Bryan Nelson, watch manager at Kingsway East fire station — which hosts first aid courses — told the Tele: “Anything that is being done to encourage people to get involved with lifesaving and CPR training can only be a good thing.”

Sammy Keith, who organises first aid training for the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, added: “CPR and first aid training is something that everyone should take part in.”

Lynn Lawrence of the First Responders group said: “Every-body from young children to the elderly should be trained in CPR, you never know when you will need it. I think this campaign organised by the Tele is fantastic and hopefully will encourage many people to sign up for training.”

A spokesman for Leisure and Culture Dundee, which hosts first aid courses, said: “We fully support all efforts to encourage individuals and businesses to train their staff. We know the importance of emergency first aid training. It can mean the difference between life and death.”