HomeServe engineer and former volunteer lifeguard Mike Harrison saved the life of a 90-year old lady while he was on a routine repair call
HomeServe engineer and former volunteer lifeguard Mike Harrison (left) saved the life of a 90-year old lady while he was on a routine repair call. Now, all the company’s engineers are receiving life support training

HomeServe is a national home assistance company providing plumbing, drainage, electrics and heating maintenance and repair services through its own network of directly employed and sub-contracting specialist engineers.

A lifesaving HomeServe engineer has inspired a company-wide roll out of basic life support skills for its directly employed engineers – more than 440 nationwide.

HomeServe engineer and former volunteer lifeguard Mike Harrison (32), who lives in Leicestershire, put his previous life saving training to good use earlier this year when he saved a 90-year-old lady’s life while on a simple, routine repair call. Said Mike; “It’s only what a good neighbour would have done.”

A comprehensive programme

Mike’s story inspired a company-wide drive to develop a comprehensive programme of ‘Heart Start’ training for all HomeServe employed engineers – fully funded by the company and believed to be a national first for the home assistance industry.

HomeServe worked with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to develop a basic life support skills programme. Every uniformed engineer in the company has now received the BHF-accredited training programme, which focuses on a range of life support skills including CPR, dealing with unconscious, choking or bleeding people and identifying the symptoms of cardiac arrest or stroke. The British Heart Foundation has subsequently donated six CPR dolls for HomeServe staff to use as part of their training.

Martin Bennett, CEO, HomeServe Membership, said; “Our engineers are in their communities 24/7, 365 days a year and for many Customers, they are like neighbours.

“Mike’s story inspired us to provide our engineers with basic life saving skills that we hope they never have to use, but can be called upon within their local community. Thanks to the support of the British Heart Foundation we have been able to make this training programme part of our business going forward.”

Inspired by the company’s engineers

Since launching the nationwide training, another HomeServe engineer was able to recognise heart attack symptoms affecting another customer and offered emergency life support to them.

“We’re in and around communities right across the country every single day; our engineers meet many people and support vulnerable and older people too,” added Bennett. “We hope these are skills they never have to use. However, this is something inspired by our engineers and driven by them, so if the training helps just one person, then it’s been the right investment for our company.”

As well as introducing the training into a wider induction for all newly recruited engineers, HomeServe is also now extending the training to its Walsall-based head office support teams as part of its on-going community initiatives.

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