West Midlands Fire Service

Every year our firefighters deliver free British Heart Foundation ‘Heartstart’ training to hundreds of people across the West Midlands.

In just a couple of hours students learn how to give life-saving chest compressions and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). You can find out more and sign up by visiting bhf.org.uk.

Michael Scott, from Birmingham, did his Heartstart course at Ladywood Community Fire Station. Just six weeks later, he used it to help save a man’s life.

Michael was about to be best man at his friend’s wedding, and had organised a go-karting session as part of the stag weekend.

Just three laps into their practice session, the bride’s father was taken ill at the wheel. He veered off the track, through a wall of tyres and into a tree.

A former paramedic in the stag group rushed over to help, and Michael followed…

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