IT is a subject close to her heart.

So Bolton West MP Julie Hilling joined 15 firefighters to train to become a certified lifesaver and “heartstart” trainer.

The training was given at Bolton Central Fire Station by the North West Ambulance Service and British Heart Foundation.

Ms Hilling has held meetings with both NWAS and BHF to promote emergency life-saving skills and join forces to advance the cause nationally.

Heartstart is a two hour course that teaches people how to deal with someone having a heart attack.

Ms Hilling learned how to perform CPR, stop someone choking and deal with severe bleeding.

She has been at the forefront of a campaign in parliament to ensure every school leaver is a life-saver.

She introduced the Ten Minute Rule Bill which would have made emergency life-saving skills a compulsory part of the national curriculum.

She said: “It is vital that we are all aware of the essential actions needed to save lives. There can be no worse feeling than watching someone slip away in front of you and being powerless to offer help.”

To find out more about Ms Hilling’s campaign visit