Training Staff to Save Lives in Bars and Restaurants on the Costa del Sol Spain

Launching the campaign Credit: Ayuntamiento de Marbella

AS Marbella is such a haven for tourists and has large numbers of hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars, the council has decided to offer a very useful and potentially life-saving option to hospitality staff through a series of free workshops.

Using the expertise of officers from the local Civil Protection Branch, those who wish to attend will be taught two important lessons, firstly cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques (CPR) which in the UK has been associated with the BeeGees song Staying Alive.

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CPR is well understood in Spain, but according to the council spokesmen, the Heimlich Manoeuvre is not as well understood or indeed practised yet is a simple way of helping someone who is choking on food or a foreign object.

Any operation whose staff members have attended the workshops will be able to display a certificate showing that there are trained personnel on the premises which will possibly help them to increase their business.

The one hour long courses will be undertaken in both Marbella and San Pedro Alcantara with the timing being set to be suitable for the employees who wish to attend and it is hoped that the entire programme will be completed before the start of Easter week when thousands of tourist will fill the city streets.


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