St John Ambulance has sailed to a new workplace to allow it to offer training to more people.
Its first aid training venue is now at the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht and Leisure Club in West Harbour.
The charity has increased its capacity to train more people to save lives by bringing its facilities to local businesses in a bid to plug a gap in its training provision.
From this month, Hartlepool businesses will be able to take part in one, two and three-day workplace first aid and health and safety courses.
The courses on offer at the new premises include emergency first aid at work, first aid at work, fire marshall and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training.
The new office will allow up to 24 people to be trained at each session.
St John Ambulance trained 1,156 people at its nearby Middlesbrough training venue last year and this new location helps the charity extend its offer to local companies.
Andrew Moon, regional training manager, St John Ambulance’s Workplace Training Division, North East, said: “We already have training facilities in nearby Middlesbrough, but we wanted to bring our training into the heart of Hartlepool to meet demand for our courses in the area.
“Opening a new training venue in the yacht club means that our courses are more accessible and we hope it will encourage more employers to help their staff learn the skills that can help them be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”
“Importantly, there are numerous examples of people who have been sent on workplace first aid courses only to find their skills have helped them to save the life of a family member, someone in their own community or act confidently in an emergency situation,” added Andrew.
As well as getting the very best training for employees, businesses choosing St John Ambulance are helping to build an army of life-savers with any surplus income from workplace training booked being ploughed back into charity work.
St John Ambulance currently operates 27 training venues across the region.