Restart a Heart Day


The fifth annual Restart a Heart Day will see organisations around the world join forces to train people in life-saving CPR. NFCC is encouraging Fire Services to support this day of action. 

On and around Tuesday 16 October 2018, events will be hosted in schools, community centres, hospitals and emergency service stations to train people in essential skills to become the lifesavers of the future. In the United Kingdom, these events will aim to train a record-breaking 200,000 people with the skills and confidence to help save a life.

Roy Wilsher NFCC Chair commented :

"The National Fire Chiefs Council is committed to supporting Restart a Heart Day by encouraging Fire Services across the UK to take part on 16th October. 

"Fire Services, in partnership with other blue light emergency services, are well trusted and well placed to  pass on these life saving skills to their local communities. We hope this training will give people the confidence to help if they are faced with an emergency situation. "

Restart a Heart is organised in partnership by the Resuscitation Council (UK), The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Every UK Ambulance service will take part in the event, along with private training providers.

To find out more about this year’s event and get involved in ensuring more people learn crucial skills to improve cardiac arrest survival chances, please visit

Jim Bridge, Station Manager at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on Restart a Heart Day

We are delighted to be supporting Restart a Heart Day once again in 2018 as we have since 2014. Last year saw us teaching vital, lifesaving skills to 6,000 young people at over 80 events across Greater Manchester. We shall work closely with our North West Ambulance Service partners and other Fire and Rescue Services from across the region. We will also be using the National Fire Chiefs Council as a platform to encourage participation from other Fire and Rescue Services across the country.

As well as the obvious benefits to those receiving the training we have also found the following benefits for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service:

  • Better links with local schools and community groups
  • Increased opportunities top spread our seasonal community safety messages
  • Increased CPR skill levels amongst crews
  • Increased confidence amongst personnel when engaging with larger community groups
  • Enhanced cooperation and relationship building between operational and non-operational staff
  • Collaboration and cooperation with local ambulance service and other partners

Participation of crews in Restart a Heart Day has also established CPR training as regular, although voluntary, day to day activity on Watches.

If anyone would like more information about our experience of participation in Restart a Heart Day or advice as to how to get involved please do not hesitate to email

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