Local MP Mike Weir is urging support for a campaign to make the teaching of life-saving CPR compulsory in secondary schools.
More than 30,000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year, 80 per cent of which occur in the home, often in front of family members and loved ones.
Fewer than one in 10 survive, partly because not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland says the Nation of Lifesavers initiative could save around 5,000 additional lives a year in the UK. The organisation is calling for CPR and public access defibrillator (PAD) awareness to be taught in all local secondary schools and a recent survey showed 82 per cent of people in the UK would support this.
Since the launch of the campaign on October 16, more than 5,000 people have already signed the petition to make these skills part of the curriculum.
Mr Weir pledged his support for campaign and called on secondary schools and community groups in Angus to order their free Call Push Rescue Training Kit.
He said: “Cardiac arrest survival rates in Scotland fall way behind survival rates in other countries where CPR training is part of the curriculum.
“I want to see every child in Scotland finish school equipped with the necessary skills to respond in a medical emergency. CPR is an important skill and just 30 minutes of training could save someone’s life.”
Simon Gillespie, BHF chief executive, said that too many lives are lost needlessly due to a lack of basic CPR skills and that the charity wants to see everyone support the campaign.
He said: “We’re determined to radically improve the country’s shocking survival rates and mandatory training in secondary schools will go a long way towards that.”
Further information can be found at bhf.org.uk/lifesavers while the online petition can also be found at bhf.org.uk/cprpetition