Life-saving hero inspires Nissan to launch new CPR training initiative with North East Ambulance Service

In 2021, CPR training provided by NEAA member, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), helped Nissan worker Karl Harrison put his life saving skills into action and help save a passing cyclist.

Recognising that the cyclist had gone into cardiac arrest, Karl performed chest compressions while a colleague called 999.

Karl, from Hartlepool, said at the time: “It’s not what you expect at 7am on your way into work but human instinct to help just kicks in. When I did my CPR training with Nissan and the ambulance service, I hoped I’d never have to use it, but this just shows why it is so important to get this training.”

On the back of this incident, Nissan contacted NEAS, whom they have worked with for several years, to discuss a fantastic new training initiative. They wanted to offer all their staff at the
Sunderland plant the opportunity to attend a training course on ‘CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED)’.

This two-hour course covers airway management and CPR, the management of the unconscious casualty and how to operate an AED. The delegates are given the opportunity to gain practical skills that they can take into every day and put into practice should they ever need them.

The initiative was launched in September and so far, six courses have been delivered, with a further 15 planned. The courses are being offered to all workers across the plant and the uptake has been excellent. Alongside Nissan, NEAS also deliver training to fellow NEAA members Adient and Komatsu.

About NEAS
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, NEAS provide first aid training, mental health first aid training, CPR training and a range of related training courses across the north east region.

Their award-winning training team delivers paramedic-led training to ensure employees have the skills required within the workplace or social environment to deal with any incidents. They can help to make sure skills are up-to-date and compliant with UK regulations. All NEAS trainers come from an operational, ‘front line’ background and are highly skilled in delivering pre-hospital
emergency care.

NEAS have over 1,700 customers based in both the private and the public sector within the North East region. Over the last three years, the team has delivered more than 2,500 courses to over 8,000 delegates.

The money that is raised through training and event cover is reinvested back into the frontline NHS care via NEAS ambulances and crews. Choosing NEAS as your training provider really does make a difference!