Do you have the heart to learn how to help? A special event is being held this weekend to teach local residents how to save a life.
With Blackpool having some of the highest cardiac mortality rates in the country, an ambulance worker has organised training for people in CPR.
The sessions will be held between noon and 4pm Saturday and Sunday, at Blackpool Sports Centre, in Stanley Park.
The free training will be provided by North West Ambulance Service and will see paramedics, resuscitation experts, Community First Responders and community champions on-hand to help.
People can learn about cardiac arrest, defibrillation, chest pain, choking, fitting, treating unconscious patients and the recovery position.
Christopher Hyde, community resuscitation development officer, said: “Blackpool has one of the highest Cardiac mortality rates in the country and through regular training and education of the community I am aiming to redress this issue.
My aim is to train, teach and educate as many people in how to save a person’s life.
They will be taught very simple but highly effective skills in dealing with life-threatening conditions, which can be dealt with easily.
“People can drop in any time on either day.
“The course is approved by the BHF (British Heart Foundation) and is nationally recognised.”
According to figures, in an average year, 239 men and women in Blackpool will die due to heart disease. In Fylde, this figure is 131, and in Wyre 200.
Life expectancy for both men and women living in Blackpool is lower than the England average.
Life expectancy is 13.3 years lower for men and 8.3 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of the resort compared to the least deprived areas of the country.