Training has begun with the first primary schools in Liverpool to be issued with defibrillators as part of a £100,000 scheme involving Liverpool City Council and the Oliver King Foundation.
Twelve school teachers attended a first aid course yesterday, to learn how to use the lifesaving devices, which will be given to all 122 primary schools in the city.
This project is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.
The first schools to benefit are in the Wavertree, Kensington and Childwall areas of the city.
The Oliver King Foundation was setup after the death of 12-year-old Oliver King, while at King David Secondary School in Wavertree, in March 2011
Wavertree Cllr Jake Morrison, Patron of The Oliver King Foundation, said: “This is a great step forward for The Oliver King Foundation.
“We have come a long way since setting up just 10 months ago. It is a great achievement for Liverpool to become the first city to take this action, and we will be working hard following on from this, leading as an example to other cities across the Country to follow us, with our help.”
Mark King, a founder of The Oliver King Foundation said: “I am delighted that this scheme is starting to take its course, and within a few months we will have finished Liverpool’s Schools, and will be able to move out to a wider area.”