Manchester Arena attack: More than 16,000 trained in first aid
Updated: Feb 6
As part of a program started after the attack on the Manchester Arena in 2017 following a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande, more than 16,000 people have received training in lifesaving procedures.
On 22 May 2017, Salman Abedi detonated a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb as people were leaving the Manchester Arena following a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande.
As a result, 22 people were murdered and over 1000 injured, making it the deadliest terrorist attack on UK soil since the 2005 London bombings.
Following the fifth anniversary of the incident, BBC Radio Manchester partnered with St John Ambulance last year to launch the Three Ways to Save a Life campaign.
People in Greater Manchester were trained in CPR, use of a defibrillator and how to treat severe bleeding.
Almost 16,120 people in Greater Manchester now have the skills to save a life, not only in case such tragedy occurs again, but to also help those who are in need on their everyday lives.
Learning CPR is an important part of first aid training, and its rapid administration is critical, thus having a qualified first aider on hand who can remain calm under pressure is quite useful.
When dealing with emergency circumstances, becoming trained in first aid procedures can make you feel more comfortable and confident since you will know the most efficient ways to deal with the problem. An added benefit of this is that the people around you, be it children, adults and others around you, will also feel more reassured knowing that there are trained people on site.
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