ELEVEN fire stations across Glasgow will provide CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training to community groups for free.

As part of a city wide initiative Scottish Fire and Rescue has signed up to the scheme with 356 stations across Scotland also engaging with the programme.

In the UK there are over 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests a year where the emergency medical services attempt to resuscitate the victim.

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The British Heart Foundation describe the survival rate as dismal with just 1 in 12 surviving in Scotland and 1 in 11 in England.

The charity engaged with all councils in Scotland with the aim of creating a Nation of Lifesavers.

In April each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities had pledged to ensure that every secondary pupil will now leave school having been trained in life saving CPR.

The issue was discussed at an area partnership committee on yesterday.

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Edward Finnieston, of Scottish Fire and Rescue, said: “We will engage with local groups, bring them in and show them how to do CPR free of charge.”

So far Glasgow fire stations have engaged with local community groups, bowling clubs, school groups, boy scouts and girl guides.

Anyone who is interested can phone the local station to make an appointment.

Just phone the local station to make an appointment.