Belfast-based Polaris Safety
Training & Rescue has launch-ed a charity partnership with British Heart Foundation Nor-thern Ireland (BHF NI) aimed at raising first aid awareness in the workplace and providing staff with essential first aid skills.
Through the delivery of interactive training sessions, which will feature CPR and defibrillator workshops, Polaris Safety Training & Rescue is calling on businesses and organisations to get involved, book a session and help raise funds to support BHF NI ongoing research in areas such as heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes. Starting in January until May 2019, the sessions will be delivered by Polaris Safety Training & Rescue’s experienced and expert trainers.
Participants will receive training in areas such as recovery position, applying CPR, using a defibrillator unit and dealing with the aftermath of an incident in the workplace.
The sessions will provide participants with the skills to keep themselves and their colleagues safe at work as well as identifying and managing safety risks. All session booking fees will go directly to BHF NI.
Polaris Safety Training & Rescue is keen to involve as many businesses and organisations as possible and is particularly keen to encourage people from the farming sector.
Recently awarded Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) Affiliate status, Polaris Safety Training & Rescue is working with the Farm Safety Partnership to increase awareness of farm safety and to reduce work-related fatalities and injuries on Northern Ireland’s farms.
It is actively supporting the farm safety campaign, ‘Stop and Think SAFE’, which advises farmers to stop and think about the four main farm hazards: slurry, animals, falls and equipment (SAFE).
Mark Harriott, Managing Director of Polaris Safety Training & Rescue, said: “Our charity partnership with British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland along with our affiliate
status with the Farm Safety Partnership is a fantastic opportunity for businesses and organisations to get involved and place first aid awareness at the heart of their workplace.
“We would encourage businesses and organisations to consider signing up to the sessions starting in January until May 2019.
“Not only will they receive top class training from expert trainers, but they will be helping to raise much needed funds to support British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland with their fantastic work.
“We are delighted to advise that all proceeds raised from the sessions will go to British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland.”
British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland’s Craig Moore added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Polaris Safety Training & Rescue in our aim to create a ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ where everyone has the ability and confidence to perform CPR when they need to.
“There are over 1,400 cardiac arrests every year in Northern Ireland, and devastatingly less than one in 10 people survive.
“If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival can double.
“When someone has a cardiac arrest it most likely won’t be a stranger in the street it will be your mum, dad, friend or work colleague and standing by while the minutes tick by not knowing what to do would be devastating.
“Knowing CPR could mean the difference between life and death. We are extremely grateful to Polaris Safety Training & Rescue for their invaluable support and we are urging all businesses to sign their staff up to one of the sessions. Every session purchased will support BHF NI’s vital work.”
The first aid sessions are available to book from January to May 2019.