12th May, 2021

Children and young people urged to become 'Little Lifesavers' over the Easter holidays with West Midlands Ambulance Service

YOUNGSTERS across the region are being urged to become ‘Little Lifesavers’ this Easter by participating in activities provided by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The new campaign just in time for Easter holidays encourages young children to learn important and life-saving skills and includes learning resources, such as a fun activity book and videos from WMAS staff, providing the perfect entertaining and educational programme.

Children become a ‘Little Lifesaver’ by learning how to make an emergency 999 call, finding out about what kind of situation is an emergency, how to perform CPR and how to place someone in the recovery position. There is also a virtual tour of an ambulance.

Throughout the pandemic, usual activities such as in-school visits have not been possible but that does not mean children should miss out on learning vital life skills.

The virtual tour of an ambulance will allow children to virtually jump on board the ambulance with a paramedic and learn about the equipment kept on there and how it is used.

Making a 999 call can be a high pressured and stressful situation for many of us, but it is particularly important that children know how to make a 999 call, in addition knowing what kind of situation warrants a call to the emergency services.

The Little Life Savers campaign includes a video from a team of West Midlands Ambulance Service Call Assessors running through how to make a 999 call and an example of how a call might sound.

Paramedic Ash Bolus, who features in the ambulance virtual tour, said: “Ordinarily, I’d be able to go into schools and show the children around the ambulance, which they find really interesting so it’s great that I’m able to do it virtually so that children don’t miss out on learning something that could potentially help them save a life one day.”

Little Lifesavers resources will be posted across West Midlands Ambulance Service social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and on the West Midlands Ambulance Service website at https://wmas.nhs.uk/become-a-little-lifesaver/

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