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20 NEWS well connected Unsung Heroes of Knowsley Celebrated At First Ark Awards A celebration of community AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) TRAINING TO BECOME MANDATORY IN THE WORKPLACE* According to the British Heart Foundation, over 30,000 people resuscitated by the ambulance service each year in the UK have suffered from cardiac arrest. Sadly, due to the lack of rapid first aid intervention, less than 10% of people survive. For every 1 minute delay to effective defibrillation there is a 7-10% less chance of survival. This equates to less than 1 in 10 cardiac arrest victims in the UK walking out of hospital. Compared with the survival rate of other developed countries, such as Norway (25%) and Holland (21%), the UK needs to improve. Yes, a survival rate of less than 10% is worrying but with training and access to defibrillation equipment there could be a major improvement. The lack of life-saving intervention generally occurs because first responders, such as work colleagues, family members or people in the wider community lack the skills, knowledge or equipment necessary to intervene effectively. We are now seeing Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) popping up in many work places and public areas. Although nowhere near enough, we are moving in the right direction. There is a responsibility for employers to ensure that there is adequate first aid cover in workplaces. This could involve the training of staff in defibrillation. This does not mean that all workplaces are legally obliged to install AED equipment on their premises, however the potential life-saving benefits of having this equipment onsite will, for many employers, outweigh any associated purchasing costs. From the 31st December 2016, the Health and Safety Executive requires all workplace first aiders who complete First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid and refresher training courses to be taught how to use AED equipment. The training required to use the AED is very simple. It involves how to switch on the machine, where to attach the adherent pads, the ease of following the voice prompts and how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). After completing the training most candidates are relieved to see how easy it is to use these machines and how much confidence they have in knowing they could potentially save a life. Kays Medical is now offering free AED training with all one, two and three day first aid training courses. Courses run weekly. Call 0843 504 7886 or email training@kaysmedical.com to learn more. www.kaysmedical.com. *mandatory for all qualified workplace first aiders. champions took place at the tenth annual First Ark Community Achievement Awards held at The Venue in Huyton. The Awards were set up to bring together the unsung heroes of Knowsley, and give them the opportunity to be recognised and celebrated for their achievements and contributions to the community. The awards, hosted by local actress and comedian Pauline Daniels, brought together over 200 Knowsley businesses and members of the community to honour 11 different categories of awards. The nominees were put forward by family, friends and colleagues, and a panel of First Ark board members then selected the winners. Each of the awards were sponsored by organisations looking to show their appreciation of local individuals and organisations who go that extra mile for their community. Bob Taylor, Group Chief Executive of First Ark said: “Recognising and celebrating those local people and businesses who go above and beyond for our communities is so important to us. It’s a great honour for us to be able to hold such a prestigious event to give these people what they deserve. This is our tenth Community Achievement Awards ceremony and year on year the team and I continue to be overwhelmed by the many outstanding gestures that our community makes. It’s a very proud moment for us at First Ark, to recognise the unbelievable contributions that our award winners made to Knowsley communities.” AWARD WINNERS: Award: Young Person of the Year  Sponsored by: Orchard  Winner: Leah Whitehead Award: Organisation of the Year  Sponsored by: Structec  Winner: First Step Award: Community Group of the Year  Sponsored by: First Ark  Winner: Halewood Youth In Community Centre Award: Creative Achievement of the Year  Sponsored by: GMA Winner: Chris Vernon Award: Entrepreneur of the Year  Sponsored by: Fusion21  Winner: Brooke Baday Award: Fundraiser of the Year  Sponsored by: Crossfield Construction  Winner: Mike Carney Award: KHT Resident of the Year  Sponsored by: Innovation Central  Winner: Melissa Smith Award: Volunteer of the Year  Sponsored by: Keepmoat  Winner: Kevin Maloney Award: Supplier of the Year  Sponsored by: First Ark  Winner: FH Groundworks Award: Apprentice of the Year  Sponsored by: Agent Marketing  Winner: James Robson Award: Unsung Hero  Sponsored by: Travis Perkins  Winner: Southdene Community Centre


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