4 August 2017 - Lifesaving 999 Day at the Trafford Centre

999 day 2017Emergency services and their partners from across Greater Manchester gathered together once again for the seventh annual 999 Day which took place at intu Trafford Centre. Excited children and families not only had the chance to look around emergency vehicles but were taught lifesaving CPR skills which prove vital in the event of a cardiac arrest.  

Over the years the event has got bigger and better with staff from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) showcasing their joint working with more stalls and activities than ever before.

Despite a number of heavy showers throughout the day, it’s estimated that a whopping 18,000 visitors came along to watch, ask questions and get involved in the range of live demonstrations and displays that were on show.

The aim was to get as many people as possible to learn how to perform CPR and create a community of lifesavers to help improve survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests. This is one of the UK’s biggest killers and a person’s chance of surviving can be greatly improved when CPR is given within the first few minutes of them collapsing.

To show what would happen in an emergency situation if a person does collapse, NWAS staff and volunteer Community First Responders acted out a live demonstration in front of a packed audience in the main arena. It explained that cardiac arrests can happen to anyone at any time and how absolutely anyone can become a lifesaver by calling 999 and performing CPR until help arrives to take over.

Derek Cartwright, NWAS Chief Executive said: “This year’s event once again promoted the fantastic work of the emergency services and how we all work together to serve the people of Greater Manchester.

“Following the success of last year, we continued to focus on the importance of learning CPR. Our staff trained hundreds of people from the old to the young, each going away knowing how they can help to save a life, which one day could be called upon for one of their family or friends.

“I would also like to especially thank all our staff and volunteers who once again gave up their time to help make the day such a success.”