We work with Falkland's charity Southern Heartbeat in order to offer Basic Life Support lessons in Schools and in camp locations. Southern Heartbeat assists the Fire Service by allows them to borrow items of equipment for training purposes.
Southern Heartbeat was a charity formally registered in January 2019. The charity's aim is to not only provide publicly accessible AED’s and AED training, but to also purchase a quantity of resuscitation units,(dolls) to offer free CPR training to the whole community, and demonstrate the use of the machines. For ease of use, all of the machines will be uniformly the same. The Trustees are made up of permanent and retained Fire Service personnel and whilst they are offering the training, it is completely outside the remit of the Fire Brigade.
Gene Berntsen will head up the delivery of the training elements of the Charity with the support of other volunteers. He said the lessons will be kept as simple and effective as possible and will principally focus on giving confidence to the public by equipping them with basic lifesaving skills, information on when an AED would prove to be effective, how to use an AED, basic airway checks and CPR. All of which could be taught fairly quickly and are vital elements of Basic Life Support,(BLS).