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Life-saving training for SPT bus station staff

Staff training

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has teamed up with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) to provide potentially life-saving training for bus station staff.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs), provided by British Heart Foundation Scotland, are being placed in East Kilbride, Greenock and Hamilton bus stations. They have been at Buchanan Bus Station since October 2009.

SPT staff will be shown how to use the AEDs and administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of a cardiac arrest situation.

I’m delighted that SPT is committed to equipping its stations and training staff in this way, enhancing levels of safety and security for passengers.”

Vanessa White, SAS Community Defibrillation Officer

SPT Health & Safety Manager Martin Conroy said:

“More than 100 SPT staff have previously had the training and a further 15 bus staff are currently being trained.

“The use of AEDs and CPR can save lives and, with the footfall at busy transport hubs being so high, it is vital this equipment is on hand, with staff on site who have the ability to use it.”

AEDs analyse the heart’s rhythm and if a shockable rhythm is detected, administer an electrical charge in an attempt to restore a regular heartbeat.

During training sessions staff are given AED training units identical to those that they would have to use in an emergency only without the electrical charge.

Vanessa White, SAS Community Defibrillation Officer, said:

“I’m delighted that SPT is committed to equipping its stations and training staff in this way, enhancing levels of safety and security for passengers.

“In the event of a cardiac arrest occurring out with a hospital, the patient’s chance of survival is greatly increased when bystander CPR is started immediately and the AED is applied within the first few minutes.”

Six of SPT’s Subway stations have AED units and plans are in place to have all 15 stations on the system kitted out and Consort House with the equipment in the forthcoming weeks and staff given the relevant training.

Carole Nicol, BHF Fundraising & Volunteer Manager said:

“We’re always delighted to provide funding for life-saving equipment, and we’ve been working closely with SPT since 2009 to benefit passengers in this way.

“We’re only able to provide funding for this equipment thanks to donations and fundraising from people in Scotland”.