03 March 2017 - Community CPR Trainers for Rochdale Rochdale volunteers gain the skills to train residents in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation. On 15 February 2017, 13 volunteers from schools, children's centres, colleges, the youth service and medical centres from across the borough took part in a 'Train the Trainer' session run by the Chain of Survival Team, which will enable them to teach people in the community what to do if somebody suffers a cardiac arrest. Attendees, trained by Rod Cape of the Chain of Survival Team and an ECFR in Rochdale, learned the principles of teaching chest compressions, rescue breaths and using a defibrillator. Survival chances can triple if CPR and defibrillation is administered before medical help arrives. It is hoped that the volunteers will share the life-saving skills they learned and put their new teaching methods into practice with as many people as possible to decrease the number of deaths from out of hospital cardiac arrests in the borough. Debbie Wild for Hamer Community Primary School completed the train the trainer session. She said: "It is important to learn how to administer first aid especially CPR because it really is a life-saving skill. By taking part in this course I'll be able to teach the children at my school how to save a life and they can pass the information on to their families at home." The training session was part of the life-saving 'Roch Defibs' project, run by the Rochdale Council's public health team in partnership with North West Ambulance Service. The project, which launched in November 2015, has already trained over 1,000 people in CPR and placed 32 defibrillators in highly-populated and easily accessible community venues. In July 2016, the CPR training and a defibrillator provided by the 'Roch Defibs' project helped Geoff Severn, a retired financial advisor and Paul Gratton a printer, save the life of their friend Allan Turner, 72, who suffered a cardiac arrest at Tunshill Golf Club. Allan suffered a total of 9 cardiac arrests and went on to have heart bypass surgery. He is now well on the way to a full recovery, he said: "I attended a training course myself, not realising that I would be the first recipient, so I would encourage everyone to get the training then there will always be someone who can help in situations like mine." In the UK people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have only an 8.6% chance of survival. The 'Roch Defibs' project aims to increase the chances of survival in the borough to those similar to the rates seen in other parts of Europe, where survival can reach as high as 25%. Councillor Janet Emsley, Rochdale Borough Council's cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing, said: "I am extremely proud of the vital work we've been doing to give our residents a fighting chance should they suffer a cardiac arrest. It is important to remember that anyone can save a life and although you don't need to be trained to do so, it can help prepare people for what can be a scary situation, so I urge everyone to attend a training session and tell as many people as you can about it." Sara Harris, Chain of Survival Lead for Greater Manchester at NW Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: "The skills to help treat somebody who is having a cardiac arrest are simple to learn. Even if you have no previous medical training, you can learn how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator in an hour."