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New Warrington centre helps people learn how to save a life
11:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
GIVING hundreds of people the ability to save a life every day is the team at Trauma and Resus.
The Forster Street-based company have been training firefighters from the Shetland Islands to Jersey as well as police officers, health professionals and companies from everywhere in between in advanced first aid for the last eight years.
But in the last 12 months the company has seen a much higher demand for their services and have also launched the ‘A&E for Me’ kit aimed at extreme sports fans in the event of serious injuries in the last week.
Great Sankey man Rob Griffiths, who helped set up the company with doctors Pete Barrett and John Oates, said it can be so simple to save a life and is something that will stay with you forever.
He said: “Everyone who delivers first aid training here do it for a living so the person teaching you has had real experience.
“We spotted there was a gap between basic first aid up to a health care professional and that gap could help anybody from firefighters to police officers or people working in high risk industries.
“With the fire services we focus around road traffic collisions and helping patients with their airways and breathing whereas with police it will be looking at stab wounds and shooting injuries so they can help someone before the paramedics arrive.
“The health and safety executive is deregulating first aid from October 1 which some people are quite nervous about as it means anyone could set up a first aid company but it also means we can now tailor the courses to suit so with a construction company we will focus on dealing with falls from height or crush injuries.”
The success of the business means the three directors, who all work in the NHS, now have four full time employees including an instructor who was the former chief fire arms officer at Cheshire Police.
The company, which have also seen an increase in the number of people attending their parent first aid courses, also hope to go into schools in the future to teach year 10 and 11 pupils basic first aid.
Employee John Clarke, who was previously in the military, added: “If I teach just one person and they go on to save a life it would be worth a million pounds to me.”
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