MORE THAN 200 Rednal pupils have been learning vital life-saving skills to prepare them for any situation thrown at them.
Year ten students at Colmers School and Sixth Form College took part in a training day organised by St John Ambulance to become qualified first aiders this week.
The youngsters, aged 14 and 15, learnt how to do CPR and deal with choking, burns and scalds, bleeding, asthma, bone muscle and joint injuries, fainting and the recovery position.
Teacher Tom Charlett, who organised the event, said first aid was an important life skill which was why they wanted to offer every student the opportunity to learn it.
“It’s definitely an important part of their all-round development and they never know when they might need to use those skills, either at school or at home.” he added.
Nick Pitt, St John Ambulance’s regional schools training cordinator in the West Midlands, said he wanted to encourage other schools to follow Colmers’ example.
He added: “First aid skills are easy to pick up and can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved in an emergency situation.”
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