HUNDREDS more Scottish pupils will be taught heart resuscitation skills after another local authority pledged to roll-out training.

Renfrewshire Council has become the fifth council to back our Scotland’s Got Heart campaign, which aims to ensure every secondary pupil in the country leaves a life-saver.

Glasgow was the first local authority in the UK to commit to a comprehensive training programme, helped by British Heart Foundation Scotland and were closely followed by Aberdeen, Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire.

Only one in 20 people in Scotland will survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest – the lowest figure in the UK and Glasgow has the highest rate.

David McColgan, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager for British Heart Foundation Scotland, said: “It is great to see council’s across Scotland take a stand and embrace the challenge of improving survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrest in Scotland.”

Education and Children’s Services Convenor, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “CPR training becoming part of the school curriculum is a step in the right direction for Renfrewshire.

“It is vital that our young people have the opportunity to learn the skills to help save lives.”.”