Jersey’s Ambulance service is teaching islanders how to perform CPR and save a life.
Demonstrations are taking place in Brook Street and at Les Quennevais Sports Centre until 4.
Training and Development Officer Janet Davison says it’s about giving people confidence.
“We’ve got people at the store, they are watching demonstrations on CPR and they will also get to have a go with their hands on.
“We’ve got defibrillators down here so people can see them. Quite often once they’ve seen them, it takes the fear out because I often get the comment ‘Oh, it is easy to use isn’t it!’, so it’s good to get it out there to the public.”
The service is also looking for people to become ‘Community First Responders’.
They will get basic first aid training and respond to incidents before an ambulance gets there.
“We’ve had a comment from an incident that happened a year or so ago where one of our community first responders was first on scene.
“The feedback after the incident, one of the relatives said, it was so reassuring to have somebody there that knows what they’re doing. Just that in itself is so important.”
There were 128 cardiac arrests in Jersey last year.
People who can’t attend the sessions today and are interested in becoming a Community First Responder can visit:
- St Ouen’s Parish Hall on Thursday 25 October from 6pm to 8pm
- St Clement’s Parish Hall on Thursday 1 November from 6pm to 8pm