Saving lives

Students learning CPR

A cardiac arrest happens when your heart stops pumping blood around your body.

If someone has suddenly collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, they are in cardiac arrest. 

Suffering a cardiac arrest, outside of hospital, is our most common life-threatening medical emergency but of the 3,500 people in Scotland who have resuscitation attempted each year, only about 1 in 20 survives.

We are determined to increase the survival rates of people who have a cardiac arrest. You can help. Learn to do CPR and join us in creating a Nation of Lifesavers.

Call Push Rescue

Our Call Push Rescue CPR training kits are a simple and effective way of learning how to save a life if someone has a cardiac arrest. It uses a film tutorial on a DVD to demonstrate CPR skills. Participants watch the film and practice the skills on portable manikins.

Eligible schools can apply for a free Call Push Rescue kit, and so far, 118 Scottish secondary schools have received a kit. Each of Scotland’s 356 fire stations also has a Call Push Rescue CPR kit available for use in the community. Just contact your local fire station to arrange to use it there or to borrow it. Workplaces can apply to purchase a kit.

If you're an individual who wants to learn CPR you can attend a Heartstart course or download our CPR mobile app. Alternatively visit the Save a Life for Scotland website at to find training in your area.

 order a CPR training kit


We’ve already put thousands of lifesavers on Scotland’s streets. Almost 75,000 people in communities and schools have taken part in our Heartstart training to learn emergency life support skills. But there is still a lot more to be done.

In the last year, with your help, we placed 60 lifesaving public access defibrillators in communities across Scotland. That brings the total to more than 1,000 defibrillators in the places they’re needed most, including sports centres, shopping centres and train stations.