LEARNING to keep a cool head in an emergency could help Wearside youngsters save a life.
More than 120 pupils at Sunderland’s St Mary’s RC Primary School underwent training in emergency life-saving skills.
The children from Years 5 and 6 were taught by training officers from the North East Ambulance Service who covered the basics of what to do in an emergency.
Pupils learned how to make a 999 call and the information they needed to give to the control room.
They were also taught how to decide if someone is conscious or unconscious, how to put someone into the recovery position, maintain an airway and how to commence cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The children also had a hands-on session where they practised CPR using a Resusci Anne, which is a training mannequin.
Sean Brown, headteacher at St Mary’s, in Meadowside, Thornhill, said: “We are very grateful to the North East Ambulance Service for their time. Not only have our pupils received expert advice for making a 999 call, they know now how to stay safe in the event of an accident.
“In school, we aim to actively promote a safe and healthy lifestyle. The service has really highlighted the benefits of quick and efficient CPR intervention to our pupils.”
Adele Young, community resuscitation officer for the North East Ambulance Service, said: “This training is invaluable, it is simple and practical but also very effective. These skills could be the most important ones that you learn and it could help you to save someone’s life.”