THE first group of people have had free training at Humphry Davy School to give lifesaving first aid.
The session on Thursday evening was part of The Cornishman's Heart Start campaign to get more public access defibrillators and see hundreds of people trained to use them.
The event was organised by the school, which has been supporting the campaign, and the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC).
RRMC secretary Paul Williams said the small but worthy first contingent now had essential skills to enable them to help someone having a heart attack or cardiac arrest.
One said: "I thought the CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training was excellent. The instruction was very informative and a great method of making sure the information was embedded in my mind.
"I'm quite confident that I can use the skills I learnt and make a difference should something happen."
Mr Williams said: "The Cornishman/RRMC Heart Start Program is rapidly expanding its defibrillator sites and it's imperative that people have CPR and AED training that enables them to respond with maximum speed and efficiency when a cardiac incident occurs."
A defibrillating shock, administered within one minute after cardiac arrest increases the chance of survival to 90 per cent, according to the European Resuscitation Council.
Mr Williams added: "The fact is that with no knowledge people panic and are scared to use a defibrillator or try CPR when confronted with someone dying in front of them from cardiac arrest.
"AEDs are safe and made so that someone who's never seen one at all can use it. They're easy and user-friendly – and really, anyone can do CPR; the key is to be willing to do it."
The RRMC has fully trained two schoolboys, aged only 12 and 14, in CPR and AED.
The RRMC is giving everybody in Cornwall the chance to take part in free training. Future events will be advertised and those wanting to give a donation know that it will go towards further essential equipment.
Anyone wanting to attend future events should contact Mr Williams on 01736 360864 or 07581 188043.