Students at Muswellbrook Public School taught NSW CPR Awareness Program

KNOWING first aid is a crucial life skill and learning it at a young age can be extremely beneficial, which is why students at Muswellbrook Public School (MPS) took part in a special course on Friday.

Cameron McFarlane of the NSW Primary School CPR Awareness Program visited MPS to teach pupils how to perform certain life saving procedures such as chest compressions and mouth to mouth.

He believes it's extremely important to train people how to act in difficult situations, even at such a young age.

"Year 5 and year 6 students are a really good age to teach it to because mentally they're fine to absorb it all, and physically they're fine to perform it and I think it's a really good step to have before they reach high school," he said.

"I think it's paramount that children get taught life saving skills, they may not always get it right but they may have enough knowledge to hopefully save a life in the future."

The program, which has recently been extended to schools in Vietnam due to its success in NSW, is currently travelling to educational institutions around the Hunter Valley.

Mr McFarlane said students take in the information very quickly and seem to enjoy the lessons, which was confirmed by grade 6 student Leroy Baker.

"Performing CPR on someone is really important because you allow them to have a second chance in life and everyone here learnt how to perform it which I think is very important," said the 12-year-old.

With the program continuing to roll out throughout the the state and beyond, it's comforting to know that more and more people are becoming capable of jumping into action when required.