Western Isles Councillors have agreed to roll out a Skye-based programme providing life-saving equipment and emergency life-support training to schools across the islands making Comhairle nan Eilean Siar the first local authority in Scotland to introduce Emergency Life Support on to the Curriculum for Excellence.
The Education and Children’s Services Committee agreed to grant £30,000 toward the Lucky2BHere project which will see defribillators installed and training provided at all schools in the Western Isles.
Councillor Catriona Stewart, who chairs the Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: “Schools play a vital part in communities and this equipment and training will add to the resilience of those communities. There are defribillators at a number of locations across the islands including some schools where the pupils have been very enthusiastic about the scheme.
"However, this programme will increase that provision so that all schools have the equipment and training. Importantly the aim is to have the equipment on the outside of school buildings so that it is available for community use at any time.”
Lucky2BHere was established by Ross Cowie from Portree in December 2009 after he suffered a series of sudden cardiac arrests. His life was saved because an ambulance was nearby with skilled crew and the life-saving equipment that they carried.
Ross said: “Lucky2BHere has been lobbying for Emergency Life Support to be on the Curriculum for Excellence for a number of years. For the Western Isles Schools to do so and to be the first in Scotland to do so, is fantastic news and I congratulate the Comhairle on taking forward this initiative”.
Councillor Angus Morrison is a Trainer and Co-ordinator of Lucky2BHere in the Western Isles. He said: “This is good news for communities across the Western isles and I am delighted that it has been agreed to proceed with this programme of life-saving equipment and training.”
Lucky2BHere is a registered Scottish charity which aims to: Empower communities to manage their own situation when a life threatening incident arises; Work along with the emergency services, major charities, businesses and political groups to realise their aims; Introduce Emergency Life Support (ELS) training to the curriculum of all secondary schools in Scotland.